The U.S. Public Health Service’s “Clinical Practice Guideline” recommends that clinicians provide an effective tobacco cessation treatment to every patient willing to quit. WellQuest is working to make this recommendation a reality to all of our clients.
TOBACCO & HEALTH
According to the CDC, cigarette smoking has been identified as the most important source of preventable morbidity (disease and illness) and premature mortality (death) worldwide. Smoking-related diseases claim an estimated 443,000 American lives each year, including those affected indirectly, such as babies born prematurely due to prenatal maternal smoking and victims of “secondhand” exposure to tobacco’s carcinogens. Smoking cost the United States over $193 billion in 2004, including $97 billion in lost productivity and $96 billion in direct health care expenditures, or an average of $4,260 per adult smoker.
According to the CDC, cigarette smoke contains over 4,800 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer. Smoking is directly responsible for approximately 90 percent of lung cancer deaths and approximately 80-90 percent of COPD (emphysema and chronic bronchitis) deaths.
According to the CDC, about 8.6 million people in the U.S. have at least one serious illness caused by smoking. That means that for every person who dies of a smoking-related disease, there are 20 more people who suffer from at least one serious illness associated with smoking.
Among current smokers, chronic lung disease accounts for 73 percent of smoking-related conditions. Even among smokers who have quit chronic lung disease accounts for 50 percent of smoking-related conditions.
According to the CDC, Smokers die significantly earlier than nonsmokers: 13.2 years for men and 14.5 years for women.
As practitioners and health educators, WellQuest believes that in order to be successful, tobacco cessation programs must be accessible and achievable for all participants. Because of that, we offer a multifaceted program involving:
– Medically Supervised Medication
– Health Education and Behavior Change Programming
– 24/7 interactive support “Quit-line.”
Our model is implemented inside of our Corporate Wellness program and offers participants the resources necessary for program adherence and completion, thus leading to healthier, preventive lifestyles.