Cigarette smoking is the single most preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. Smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, lung and bladder cancer, and chronic lung diseases. Smoking during pregnancy can result in miscarriages, premature delivery, and sudden infant death syndrome. Environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) increases the risk of heart disease and significant lung condition, especially asthma and bronchitis in children. ETS is responsible for an estimated 3,000 lung cancer deaths each year among adult non-smokers. Healthy People 2010
.Healthy People 2010 objectives
focus on smoking cessation by adults and adolescents, including during pregnancy. The goal is to reduce illness, disability, and death related to tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.
Teaching and health promotion is part of being a nurse and key towards accomplishing the above objectives. With this in mind undergraduate student nurses attending Portland Community College gathered pamphlets, magazines, hotline cards, posters, diary logs, calendars, and other resources and spent one day on campus educating students, faculty, and staff about the importance of quitting smoking and some first steps on how to accomplish this.
At the end of the day, participating students felt they were able to promote health to many students, increase knowledge, and motivate few more tobacco users to quit.
All of this is progress towards the objectives of Healthy People 2010
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, March 26, 2007