All Mercy Hospital Grayling Locations are Smoke-Free
We are very proud to be a smoke-free hospital that encourages a healthy lifestyle free of tobacco use. That's why smoking is not allowed by anyone on any area of any of our locations. We strive to provide a safe and healthy environment to improve your hospital experience. In accordance with our Mission to protect the health of our community, Mercy Hospital Grayling is a Tobacco Free Campus and our employees are Tobacco Free throughout their workday every day.
Tobacco and smoking causes complications for many of our patients, increases hospital stays, increases recovery time when discharged and also increases the chances of readmissions due to these complications.
- Poor circulation to heart, brain, legs, feet, toes, etc.
- Diabetes is difficult to control in a tobacco user.
- Surgery patients: increased risk of complications such as longer time in operating and recovery room due to breathing issues, infection, pneumonia and increase in healing time. Bones heal much slower if you are a smoker.
What Does That Mean to Patients and Visitors?
Patients and visitors will not be allowed to use any form of tobacco or any nicotine delivery device that is not FDA-approved.
We fully recognize that this is an addiction and want to make our patients' hospital stay as comfortable as possible. Patients who are feeling withdrawal symptoms can ask for help from their nurse, respiratory therapist or doctor. If a patient's medical condition allows for nicotine replacement or other medications for withdrawal, we will make every effort to make them available. Many smokers do not have urges in the hospital due to the change in location and illness. Urges go away regardless if you smoke or not and they are can be overcome.
The 4 Ds are very helpful and easy.
- Deep breathe
- Distract yourself — turn on the TV
- Drink cold water
- Delay — discuss with someone
Visitors are asked to leave the campus completely to smoke. Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the campus including sidewalks, parking garages, in cars and on streets. Plan ahead and bring something to help: candy, gum or nicotine replacement if you are staying throughout the day.
Also, if you are visiting a person with breathing or heart problems or babies, please make sure your clothing doesn't smell of smoke.
Quit programs should be based on strong medical evidence. Any program stating it's 100% or even 50% successful is suspect. Quitting can take several attempts and it is a chronic disease and relapse occurs. Check your private insurance to see what benefits your insurance provides.
Michigan Tobacco Quitline
Provides medication and coaching for Medicaid and Medicare patients, veterans, the uninsured and patients of federally funded health clinics.
Federally Funded Health Centers
Connection to Care — Pfizer Friends
(Chantix, Nicotrol Inhaler, Nicotrol Nasal Spray)
Bridges to Access (Zyban)
Together Rx Access
Chantix, Nicotrol Nasal Spray, Nicotrol Inhaler, Zyban
You can also contact one of the following organizations that can also offer tools and resources to help you stop smoking today:
American Cancer Society
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American Heart Association
American Lung Association of Michigan
Michigan Department of Community Health
National Cancer Institute
National Latino Council on Alcohol and Tobacco Prevention (LCAT)
National Women's Health Information Center
Office on Smoking and Health Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Quit The NIC Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network
Smokefree.gov (Online materials, including info on state quit lines)
Smoke-Free Families (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)