ST. LOUIS - In an effort to reduce smoking rates in the St. Louis metro area, Mercy joined with other health providers, the St. Louis city and county health departments and more than 20 anti-smoking advocacy organizations for "Show Me You Can Quit." The group has set April 13-17 as Smoking Cessation Awareness Week and kicked off with a joint news conference.
Mercy was represented by Mercy Clinic Dr. Charles Rehm, chief administrative officer for Mercy's east Missouri region. Dr. Rehm said that while most smokers want to quit, the don't feel like they can. This effort is about creating awareness and giving people the tools they need to break their addiction to tobacco products.
"Many people are concerned about how much they exercise and what they eat – but the single most important thing you can do to improve your health is to stop smoking," Dr. Rehm said. "I tell people all the time: If you eat right and exercise regularly but you still smoke, it’s like polishing the brass railing on the Titanic – it might look good but you’re still going down."
Since not every method works for all, Mercy offers smokers many different tools to quit including group classes and auriculotherapy. Click here for more details.
Here are some additional resources to help smokers quit: