Kick the tobacco use habit

Dennis Gosnell, Assignment Editor

On Oct. 26, students of the respiratory therapy program held an event to help students, faculty, staff, and community members kick the habit.

“If you can’t breathe, nothing else matters,” Vicki Nation, clinical coordinator of the respiratory therapy program said.

Students of the Respiratory Program help the RSC community

Twenty-four students participated in putting the event together to help spread smoking cessation awareness.  Together the group handed out information to encourage people to quit smoking.  The students performed tests to check attendee’s lung volume, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation.

“The bedside spirometer measures how much air people can get out of their lungs. Smokers have obstructions which reduces their lung capacity,” Pam Robeson, respiratory therapy major said.

Respiratory Disease it’s a killer

In some cases, smokers can get a disease called Restrictive Lung Disease.  According to mesothelioma-asbestosis info, Restrictive Lung/Airway Disease is characterized by reduced lung volume; in which the amount of air a person can inhale and exhale is significantly lower than average.

Pamphlets were passed out to educate individuals on the cost of smoking, what diseases can afflict people that smoke, and what kinds of behavioral changes can be made to help the transition from smoking to not smoking.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle

“Six to Eight years ago, hospitals all around Oklahoma changed their facilities to a smoke-free environment.  They did it all at the same time to show a united front in helping people choose a healthier lifestyle for themselves,” Nation said.

According to, maintaining a healthy lifestyle involves “living life in a way that helps the person to be both physically and emotionally healthy. Wellness involves both choice and action. The choices you make each day, and the actions you take on those choices, can lead to a healthier lifestyle.”

Pam Robeson, respiratory therapy major, administers spirometer tests to a variety of attendees during National Respiratory Week.

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