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2010 Press Releases

DECEMBER 28, 2010


Sandra Sgambati

For Immediate Release

Englewood Hospital Rings in the New Year with Smoke-Free Campus Initiative

Click here to learn about the Quit Smart® Smoking Cessation Program at Englewood Hospital.


Englewood, NJ December 22, 2010 – With approximately 8.6 million people suffering from smoking-related lung and heart diseases in the United States alone, it’s no secret that smoking leads to detrimental effects on a person’s health. To help increase public safety and encourage patients, visitors, staff and others to adopt a new, healthier lifestyle this coming New Year, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center (englewoodhospital.com) is implementing a new campus-wide no smoking initiative that will prohibit smoking on hospital grounds.

“When you smoke in the presence of others, you can damage their health along with your own,” says Ken Capek, RRT, Director of Respiratory Care Services and the Quit Smart® Smoking Cessation Program at Englewood Hospital. “Though the harmful effects of tobacco aren’t immediately evident, prolonged exposure to the 4,000 chemicals contained within cigarettes, whether first- or secondhand, is directly related to major health risks.”

Under the new policy, smoking will be prohibited in vehicles parked at the facility, near hospital offices, parking lots, garages and sidewalks.

“Keeping people healthy is a long-term goal, and we are prepared to help them quit smoking,” says Mr. Capek.

Englewood Hospital offers the Quit Smart® Smoking Cessation Program, providing smokers with the resources and support they need to successfully overcome their addictions.

“Participants can join a small support group, participate in nicotine replacement therapy, and receive a comprehensive array of educational materials,” says Mr. Capek. “Our program is designed to alleviate the uncomfortable side effects of nicotine withdrawal—including anxiety and overeating. We encourage everyone to take advantage of the resources we offer.”

The Best Time to Quit is Right Now!                                                                                                  

A smoke-free environment protects patients, visitors, staff, and volunteers from secondhand smoke and reduces the risk of fire. Benefits of not smoking can be experienced in as little as 20 minutes!

After 20 minutes:

Blood pressure drops to a level close to that before the last cigarette

Temperature of hands and feet increases to normal

Within 24 hours:

Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal

Chance of heart attack decreases

Within 2 weeks to 3 months:

Circulation improves

Lung function increases by up to 30%

Within 1 to 9 months:

Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease

Cilia regain normal function in the lungs, increasing ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce infection

After 1 year:

Excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s

After 5 years:

Stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker’s 5 to 15 years after quitting

After 10 years:

Lung cancer death rate is about half that of a continuing smoker’s

Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidneys, and pancreas decreases

After 15 years:

Risk of coronary heart disease is similar to that of a nonsmoker’s

To find out more about the Quit Smart Smoking Cessation Program at Englewood Hospital, call (201) 894-3157.

About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides patients with the highest level of compassionate care through a broad range of state-of-the-art clinical programs and the most advanced treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this thriving, acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in a variety of disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.  Englewood Hospital is home to a Vascular Fellowship Program that has trained a generation of world-class vascular surgeons.  Additionally, many members of the medical staff at Englewood Hospital serve as faculty members at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the six percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned twice by its nursing staff.