KACH launches the Great American Spit Out campaign Feb. 18

By Robert Lanier Keller Army Community Hospital’s Public Affairs Specialist

Dear Smokeless-tobacco Users,

Mark your calendars because Feb. 18, is the Great American Spit Out … and Keller Army Community Hospital, Mologne Cadet Health Clinic and the Center for Personal Development are ready to be an integral part of the process of improving your health and wellness by helping you quit the use of smokeless tobacco.

Tobacco use continues to remain the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S.

All forms of oral tobacco have chemicals that cause cancer. These products can cause cancer of the mouth, throat, pancreas and esophagus.

Oral and smokeless tobacco also cause many other health problems, such as gum disease, destruction of the bone sockets around the teeth and tooth loss.

Additionally, electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS)—electronic cigs, hookah pens, vaping—are also highly addictive, with all the health hazards of nicotine and banned wherever tobacco is.

Quitting smoking or chewing tobacco is not easy and can be a long, tough process.

But KACH, Mologne and CPD are ready to provide you with all the help you need to quit.

The doctors, nurses and staff at KACH, Mologne and CPD understand the mental and physical part of tobacco/nicotine addiction, and are ready to assist you.

KACH’s primary care physicians are ready to assist you with a variety of medications designed to help you stop the use of nicotine products.

Chantix, Wellbutryn and nicotine patches are available on our formulary. Call and schedule an appointment today to receive more details from your provider.

Mologne and CPD doctors, nurses and staff are working hard to graduate ‘tobacco-free/addiction-free leaders of character.’

If you are a Cadet or USMAPS student looking for smoking cessation assistance, you can make an appointment on-line through CIS or call Mologne (845-938-3003) or CPD front desk (845-938-3022).

Additionally, the West Point community, cadets and USMAPS students can: (1) go to the Dept. of Defense site http://www.ucanquit2.org/, or (2) go to the New York State Smokers’ Quitline at http://www.nysmokefree.com/ or call 866-NY-QUITS.

Every Thursday in February, the Keller Army Community Hospital Facebook page will provide steps to assist you with quitting smoking.

In between Thursday posts, the professional staffs of KACH, Mologne and CPD are ready to improve the health and wellness of the military member, the military community and all of our beneficiaries.

Together, we can help you quit… and, possibly, get you to enjoy a smoke/tobacco-free lifestyle.