Hospital goes Cold Turkey - Terre Haute Regional Hospital | Terre Haute, IN

Hospital goes Cold Turkey

November 01, 2008

Terre Haute, IN (November, 2008) As a part of the Great American Smoke Out on Thursday, many people across the country will be going “cold turkey.”

At Terre Haute Regional Hospital the Cold Turkey will be on hand to meet with those who are quitting for the day.

Those employees who have signed a commitment card to quit smoking for the day will receive a cold turkey sandwich, chips and a drink in the South Side Café from 11 am until 1:30 pm.

An employee from the Cancer Treatment Center will be dressed as the Cold Turkey and will be in the South Side Café from 12 – 1 p.m.

Even though Terre Haute Regional Hospital is putting a fun spin to the event, it is serious business to the hospital.

According to a Surgeon General’s report, smoking remains the leading preventable cause of death and disease.

Consider these staggering statistics:

  • Smoking causes the deaths of 440,000 people a year in the USA out of a total of 2.4 million deaths a year. By 2020 the World Health organization expects 10 million people a year to die from smoking throughout the world. Although smoking is declining in many developed countries, it's on the increase in many developing countries.
  • It is estimated that in the USA, 87% of cases of lung cancer are due to smoking. Men who smoke are increasing their chances of dying from the disease by 22 times. Smoking is the cause behind 30% of the deaths due to cancer in the USA.
  • Passive smoking is the inhaling of smoke from the cigarettes that other people are smoking. This could occur at work, in the home or during leisure at bars, cafes etc. In the USA, it's believed that 3,000 people die every year from lung cancer due to passive smoking.

Located at 3901 South 7th St. in Terre Haute, Terre Haute Regional Hospital is a 278-bed community-based hospital. Regional Hospital is an organization dedicated to its Mission, Values and Vision and is committed to providing quality, individualized patient care to the communities we serve. Today, the hospital offers the latest expertise and technology in areas including emergency services, cardiology, outpatient imaging, and surgery. Fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, Terre Haute Regional Hospital looks forward to continuing to serve its friends and neighbors and growing with the community.