Public health officials urge people who smoke and vape to quit today.
In this time of uncertainty amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing is certain, lung health has never been more important. Now is the time to quit smoking and vaping and Montana has free resources to help.
COVID-19 is a new disease that attacks the lungs. People of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Some of the higher risk populations are people with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma, people who have serious heart conditions, and people who are immunocompromised.
Matthew Myers, president of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, said “we all know the impact of smoking on the lungs. There is conclusive evidence that smoking increases the risk for respiratory infections, weakens the immune system and is a major cause of a number of chronic health conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease and diabetes. More recently, the science community has a growing body of evidence showing that vaping can also harm lung health.”
“If you smoke or use e-cigarettes/vaping devices, now is the time to quit. The sooner you quit, the sooner your body starts to heal itself,” says CSKT Tobacco Prevention Specialist Juanita Swaney. Two weeks to three months after quitting smoking, your heart attack risk begins to drop and your lung function begins to improve. As early as one month after quitting, coughing and shortness of breath decrease. Quitting is one of the best things you can do for your own health and the health of those around you.
Not sure how to quit? The Montana Tobacco Quit Line can help. It is a free service for all Montanans with free personalized coaching and 8 weeks of free Nicotine Replacement Therapy. There are three special programs within the Montana Tobacco Quit Line. First is the American Indian Commercial Tobacco Quit Line that connects callers with American Indian coaches. Call 1-855-372-0037 to connect with a Native coach. You can also call CSKT Tribal Health at 406-745-3525 for more information and resources on quitting.
The Quit Now Montana Pregnancy Program connects pregnant women with a dedicated female coach as well as offers cash incentives with each completed coaching call. The newest program, My Life, My Quit, is for Montana youth looking to quit any form of tobacco including vaping. Visit mylifemyquit.com to enroll or text “start my quit” to 1-855-891-9989.
“Quitting tobacco can be the most important thing you do for your health,” adds Swaney. The Montana Tobacco Quit Line, along with FDA-approved cessation medications available through enrollment, is a proven effective way to help you quit tobacco use successfully. Tobacco users who use the Montana Tobacco Quit Line are 7 to 10 times more likely to quit than if they were to try alone.
Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit quitnowmontana.com today.
April 3, 2020
PUBLIC NOTICE: Ronan Health Center Pharmacy Pickup
Service Will Stop on 4/6/20
In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), and to keep our healthcare providers safe, Tribal Health has closed the following Health Centers and Fitness Centers:
The following Tribal Health Centers (including pharmacy, medical, dental, behavioral health and audiology services) remain open Monday through Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm:
On Monday, April 6, 2020, Tribal Health will also close the pharmacy pickup service at the Ronan Health Center.
Patients who utilized the pharmacy pickup services at the Ronan Health Center, will now have medications mailed to them directly.
Prescriptions normally delivered for patient pick up at the Ronan, Hot Springs, Elmo and Arlee Health Centers will be mailed directly to patients.
Patients whose medications will be mailed need to update their phone numbers and addresses for mailing. Please call Pharmacy directly and leave a voicemail with their information at (406) 745-2426 to update phone numbers and mailing addresses. Pharmacy will not mail out prescriptions until the most current mailing address is confirmed. Please allow for approximately 7 days for postal delivery of medications. All refill requests need to be done at least 72 hours in advance.
Curbside service for pickup and drop-off of prescriptions remains at the Polson and St. Ignatius Health Pharmacies.
Tribal Health is working very hard to help stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in our community, and to protect the health and safety of our patients and health care providers.
COVID-19 symptoms include:
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call your health care provider immediately.
Patients are asked to call the main phone at 406-745-3525 before coming into each Health Center and/or if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions: