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BJC Promotes Staying Tobacco Free

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

BJC Promotes Staying Tobacco Free

by Brittany Dixon, BJC Leadership Dev, Special Communications

In recognition of World No Tobacco Day – May 31, BJC invited all its employees to increase their awareness of the risk of tobacco use by:

                ·         Taking an online quiz about the effects of using tobacco products

·         Pledging to encourage a co-worker or family member who uses tobacco products to abstain from their use on May 31

More than 800 employees completed the quiz and pledge for a chance to win an Oral B power toothbrush and Crest whitening strips, but only one person won: Brandy Raney, medical assistant in the specialty clinic at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital.

Staying tobacco free is especially important for Raney, since her mother died from lung cancer in 2005.  Raney says she believes it’s important to stay tobacco free, not only for yourself, but also for the health of those around you – a belief BJC also supports.

That’s why BJC offers the “Quit For Life” program to help its employees who use tobacco products quit – at no cost to those enrolled in the BJC medical plan and a minimal cost for BJC employees not enrolled.

Kathy Reed, MBSH Human Resources Manager presenting the prize to Brandy Raney, Specialty Clinic Medical Assistant.