For TSH Housekeeping staff member Ruth Shields, it was a simple request from her granddaughter that finally led her to quit smoking.
“My granddaughter asked me to quit. She’s my one and only grandchild and a major part of my life and I want to be around for her,” says Ruth, who was a smoker for 37 years.
“In addition, whenever I coughed, I was getting a ‘pins and needles’ sensation in my chest, which also made me want to quit.”
After a check up with her doctor, Ruth gave up smoking on September 3, 2013 and, with the help of the smoking cessation drug Champix, is proud to say she hasn’t touched a cigarette since.
January 20 to 24 is National Non-Smoking Week and it’s a great time to ‘commit to quit’ like Ruth. If you or one of your family members have quit or are planning to quit and will be visiting one of our hospital campuses this week, we invite you to join our staff, physicians and volunteers and share your quit date with us on the poster boards in the West Wing at the General campus and in the cafeteria at the Birchmount campus.
Patients and visitors of the hospital who smoke are reminded that TSH is a smoke free-facility and there is no smoking allowed anywhere on hospital property.
Since Ruth quit smoking last September, her cough and the associated ‘pins and needles’ sensation in her chest have disappeared, her sense of smell has improved and she’s exercising regularly.
But the reaction from her granddaughter is her most important reward. “She’s happy. She made me a nice picture that says ‘way to go Grandma’ and I have it on my mantelpiece at home.”