Ochsner, Chevron expands smoking cessation education
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – Louisiana still has a long way to go when it comes to reducing the number of smokers. In November, there will be an even greater focus on raising lung cancer awareness.
“Smoking affects every organ in your body,” said Heather St. Germain, manager of the Clinical Operations Smoke and Cessation Program at Ochsner. “It’s associated with heart disease.”
She said they are teaming up with Chevron to expand their smoking cessation education.
“This donation helps support resources like low-dose CT scans and lung cancer screening because, as I said, early detection and intervention will increase your survival rate,” St. Germain said.
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Louisiana has one of the highest smoking rates in the United States.
It is also one of the top states for teen vaping.
“The insurance covers part of that,” St. Germain said. “Lots of counseling and medication, but Ochsner offers a free program.”
She said it’s for people who use any kind of tobacco. Anyone over the age of 18 is entitled to free advice.
“You’re learning how to deal with the day-to-day stresses of life and what leads to those triggers and questions about where you have that continued daily habit,” St. Germain said.
Even if you don’t know if you’re ready, you can reach their program by going to ochsner.org/quit or call 504-842-7490.
The US Department of Health and Human Services said smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths in the United States each year.
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