Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Here's How to Finally Give Up Cigarettes for Good

Loyola to co-host a free smoking-cessation clinic at the Maywood Public Library

MAYWOOD, Ill. – If you’re a smoker wanting to get off to a healthier start this new year, Loyola University Health System will co-host a free smoking-cessation workshop to help you kick the habit. “The clinic is for everybody and their loved ones who is interested in the hazards of smoking, the advantages of quitting and how to go about quitting because smoking is the toughest addiction to give up next to cocaine. It’s a very powerful addiction,” said Dr. Angelos Halaris, a Loyola psychiatrist who will be participating in the clinic. The clinic will take place at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, at the Maywood Public Library, 121 S. Fifth Ave., Maywood. The clinic will last about an hour and will end with a short Q&A. Light refreshments will be served. The clinic will include: • Information on quitting and treatment options from a coach trained and certified as a tobacco-treatment specialist. • Insights from a smoker who has quit with the help of a prescription treatment option and support. • Helpful ideas on where to turn for support. • Strategies to prevent a return to smoking. • Advice to help you speak with your doctor and set a quit date. • Follow-up assistance for those wanting to quit. “This is an educational event,” said Halaris, who specializes in smoking cessation. “We’re reaching out to the community and we want to educate the community about the health risks of smoking.” Parking for the clinic is free; registration is required. To register, call (888) 866-0843.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.