St Mary's Campus to Go Tobacco Free

Special to HuntingtonNews.Net

St. Mary’s Medical Center is going tobacco-free on June 27, 2011. After this date, no tobacco use of any kind will be permitted — inside or outside — on medical center property.

 All St. Mary’s buildings are already smoke-free, but this change will include the  elimination of three outside designated smoking areas on the campus currently used by patients, visitors and employees.

 

As a healthcare organization, in conjunction with nation-wide healthcare reform focusing on disease prevention, St. Mary’s is committed to the health and safety of our employees and patients. St. Mary’s believes we have a responsibility to take a leadership role on this major health issue, and establishing our entire campus as tobacco-free firmly supports that belief. In addition, many insurance providers are limiting reimbursements to hospitals whose campuses are not tobacco-free.

 

Many people in the Tri-State die each day from smoking and tobacco is the root cause of many illnesses and lost productivity. The U.S. Surgeon General has confirmed that exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke is a serious health hazard and that there is no risk-free level of exposure. Tobacco use in and around hospitals poses health and safety risks for patients, employees and visitors.

 

St. Mary’s Medical Center’s decision to go tobacco-free is not an attempt to force anyone to quit using tobacco products. Rather, the tobacco-free initiative is a concrete way to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to healthy living.

 

We are asking for the community to support St. Mary’s Medical Center’s tobacco-free initiative as we move toward June 27, 2011.



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