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The Tobacco Cessation Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital Highlights Link Between Smoking and Heart Disease

This month, the New York State Smokers’ Quitline and the American Heart Association are partnering to educate the public on simple changes that can improve heart health. In light of it being Heart Month, the Tobacco Cessation Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital is calling attention to the impact smoking has on heart disease.

Smokers have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease including elevated blood pressure, low good cholesterol and increased risk of stroke due to blood clotting.

“Research shows a direct link between smoking and heart disease. Quitting now can make a difference,” says Christopher Owens, Director of the Tobacco Cessation Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital. “There are evidence-based treatments that help people quit successfully. Smokers should contact their physician and use the Smokers’ Quitline as an additional support.”

In February, all callers to the NYS Quitline will receive an American Heart Association Red Dress pin or red bracelet.

New Yorkers can call the Quitline at 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487). Call hours are: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. During the hours that the Quitline is closed there are taped messages offering support and help for quitting smoking. The Smokers’ Quitsite (www.nysmokefree.com) is available 24 hours per day.