Quality and Safety
St. Luke's Boise / Meridian Medical Centers
Percent of Pneumonia Patients Given Smoking Cessation Advice/Counseling
Smoking damages your lungs and can make it hard to breathe. It increases your chances of getting pneumonia or other chronic lung diseases like emphysema and bronchitis. Smoking also is linked to lung cancer, heart disease, and stroke, and can cause premature death. It is important for you to get information to help you quit smoking before you leave the hospital. Quitting may reduce your chance of getting pneumonia again.