There is a rapidly growing list of 100% Smokefree U.S. Hospitals and Psychiatric Facilities as well as 100% Smokefree Nursing Homes. For healthcare facilities interested in adopting a 100% smokefree policy, the Mayo Clinic has good sample policy language.
NC Prevention Partners has an excellent program to help hospitals adopt campus-wide policies. Every acute care hospital campus in North Carolina is now smokefree. Check out their website for sample timelines, policies, materials, and more.
For assistance on making your healthcare facility 100% smokefree, contact ANR. ANR can help you with lessons learned and put you in contact with other experts and resources.
Healthcare professionals are an important component of every
smokefree air campaign. Doctors, dentists, nurses, dental hygienists, and healthcare
students not only have a shared interest in promoting and protecting public health,
but many are also are well-known and well-respected within their communities.
In fact, the World Health Organization dedicated World No Tobacco Day 2005 to the essential role healthcare professionals and facilities play in creating environments safe from secondhand smoke exposure and tobacco use.
Click here to learn about effective and creative ways to approach your healthcare provider about getting involved in your smokefree air campaign.
Adopt a Smokefree Healthcare Facility Policy!
More and more healthcare facilities are adopting voluntary 100% smokefree campus policies, reinforcing their steadfast mission to promoting and protecting health. Not only do smokefree policies further promote a healthcare facility's health mission, but smokefree healthcare facilities:
The Joint Commission, the world's largest healthcare standards setting and accrediting body, and researchers from the Henry Ford Health System's Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, completed a survey regarding hospitals' smokefree campus policies and concluded that by February 2008, 45 percent of US hospitals had adopted "smoke-free campus" policies. In addition, "...another 15 percent indicated that they would be implementing similar policies in the near future. Hence, it is safe to assume on the basis of these results that the majority of US hospitals will have smoke-free campuses by the end of 2009."
North Carolina Prevention Partners has a great
online toolkit to help hospitals plan and implement tobacco-free policies.
The fact that every NC acute care hospital now has a property-wide tobacco-free
policy speaks to this program's effectiveness.
Start today! The University of Arkansas Medical School's Smokefree Hospital Tool Kit offers sample language, timeline, implementation, and cessation plans.
ANR awarded Dr. Robert Shepard (pictured here with smokefree advocates from Montana, his home state) and Dr. Richard Sargent with its "Advocate of the Year Award" at the 2003 National Conference on Tobacco or Health. Both doctors demonstrated outstanding dedication to smokefree air through research and advocacy.
ANR is frequently contacted by individuals who wonder why their physicians have not asked them whether they are exposed to secondhand smoke. Nymox's NicAlert, a clinical screening tool that measures for nicotine and tobacco exposure, is a way for doctors to screen all patients for exposure to secondhand smoke, since even a little exposure can be very dangerous.
Weeks after its annual meeting in 2004, the British Medical Association began collecting personal letters from doctors that document the effects of secondhand smoke on their patients. As of June 2005, over 4500 letters have been collected, all issuing the same prescription for secondhand smoke exposure: smokefree environments. BMA plans to send these letters, along with its own, to the Prime Minister, demanding that all public places be 100% smokefree.
GCASA puts smoking in full view of students
Goes Smoke Free
Bend Medical Center to become smoke-free
e-cigs at clinics
Hospital Center Starts New No-Nicotine Policy
Don't apply for work at U. of Missouri Health Care
Health Care goes nicotine-free
Maine business briefs
Springs company will not hire tobacco users
Authority Won't Buy Two Area By Teays Valley Hospital
hospital giant Centura Health to stop hiring tobacco users
recognized for tobacco-free efforts
Inyo Hospital Goes Tobacco Free
Memorial Hospital to Go Smoke-Free
General Medical Center declares its campus a smoke ...
Valley CAMC Going Smoke Free [VIDEO]
to be banned at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
Cod Healthcare to ban all tobacco use on Jan. 1
should respect those around them
Lakes Community Mental Health going tobacco-free
business: The ticker
Policy for All Family Health West Hospital Campuses
Hospital Center to stop hiring smokers
Mercy Health System will snuff out tobacco use
Mercy Health System to ban tobacco next February
hospitals crackdown on smoking laws
you smoke, you're out
Now: How to stop medical center employees from smoking on ...
County hospital goes tobacco-free
Tobacco use is no longer allowed at Jefferson Medical Center in Charles Town. The hospital's new tobacco-free policy went into effect Monday.
Health System's Rural Health Clinics top list for tobacco ...
hospital campus goes smoke-free Monday
let fear torpedo the effort to go smoke-free [in treatment facilities]
among midstate hospitals on banning smoking for some
policy ignites debate: What are your thoughts?
Works: New system helps smokers stay smoke free after ...
smoking at work or at home: WellSpan will stop hiring tobacco ...
goes too far with worker smoking ban
I was pleased to see several recent letters to the editor criticizing UPMC's employee smoking ban. You would think that this corporate entity (and that's what it is) ...
Action: answers on hospital cigarette litter quandary
There a $30,000 fence over there to basically keep people from smoking on our ... Ingram suggests the city adopt an ordinance than would ban smoking with ...
won't be hired by Doylestown Hospital
... longer will be hired by Doylestown Hospital as it joins a growing list of medical institutions that want their buildings, grounds and employees to be smoke-free.
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UPMC goes too far with its anti-smoking policy for workers
My question to UPMC is this: Since when can an employer tell an "employee" what he or she is permitted to do on a lunch break or while traveling to his or her job (it will be difficult for employees to smoke en route to work because of repercussions ...
recognized by WorkHealthy Hospitals
In order to receive this recognition, INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center has a tobacco-free worksite policy and provides to their employees the most ...
to work at this Maryland hospital? Thank you for not smoking
institutions stubbing out e-cigarette use their grounds ($$)
Up in smoke: UPMC takes the right course on tobacco
Abuse Recovery Turns Into a Smoke-Free Facility
hospital to go smoke-free
Samaritan Hospital clears the air in new policy
Action: Smoking in a smoke-free hospital [VIDEO]
to begin smoke-free shifts Tuesday
County hospital system announces tobacco-free campus policy
Cecil Health Center goes tobacco free
Hospital Takes Lead Implementing Tobacco-Free Hiring Policy
Arundel Medical Center to ban tobacco use, hiring smokers
mental health facilities in N.C. going smoke-free this summer
Anderson adopts no-tobacco hiring policy
Anderson Cancer Center won't hire people who smoke
hospital fire that burned patient using e-cigarette remains a mystery
recognized for workplace health improvement
hospital bans e-cigarettes after patient on oxygen catches fire while
of Maryland Medical Center cited for safety concerns
Stroller: 'Do something'
campuses go smoke-free together
facilities go smoke-free
New Hospital Adopts a Smoke-Free Policy
center could use a boost in faculty
CEO supports 'take it outside' legislation
Easley Hospital earns Gold Medal
Medical Center now smoke and tobacco-free site
goes smoke-free Jan. 1
to go completely smoke-free
Southeast Alabama Medical Center will start the new year smoke-free. And like giving up an addiction, its not expected to be easy.
site to become tobacco-free
hospitals becoming smoke-free
Health officials remind visitors campus is smoke free
within property banned at three El Paso hospitals
Medical Centers: Hospital plans to be tobacco free
banning smoking on hospital grounds goes into effect
smoking ban expands to outside hospitals, nursing homes
Point goes smoke and tobacco free
banned at healthcare facilities starting Nov. 1
moves to make addiction treatment centers smoke-free
Health System to go smoke-free
hospitals to go tobacco free Jan. 1
programs at Spartanburg Regional earn gold star
Hospital Smoke Free Campuses
Grounds Smoking Ban Signed Into Law
Blair Hospital No Smoking Policy
Valley Health Systems tobacco-free as of Aug. 1
CAMBRIDGE, Nebraska -- On Aug. 1, 2013, Tri Valley Health System will
go entirely tobacco-free on all campus properties indoors and outdoors.
This means that smoking or any other use of tobacco products will not
be allowed on any Tri Valley Health System property including parking
smoking ban taking hold
Sacred Heart adopt tobacco-free hiring policies
goes tobacco-free in 2014
Health Care adopts tobacco-free hiring
Goes Smoke-Free Outside
Dix Psychiatric Center Now Tobacco Free
- NY Senate Open Legislation - Prohibits smoking on the grounds of general
hospitals and residential health care facilities
Council Rescinds Smoking Ban at Oakwood Hospital
Regional Medical Center enhances tobacco free policy
policy is a good step
Council moves toward lifting smoking ban within 100 ...
angry as Maine Med's ban nears
is a tobacco-free campus
group: Ban sale of tobacco in hospitals
president responds to complaints about hospital smokers in nearby neighborhood
ValleyHealth earns award
Ka'u hospitals going tobacco free
Psychiatric Health Facility To Be Smoke-Free
Beginning May 1, 2013, the Santa Barbara Psychiatric Health Facility operated by Santa Barbara County Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Services will no longer permit smoking on the premises.
smoking ban has neighbors in a huff
WENATCHEE Ever since Central Washington Hospital banned smoking on its Wenatchee campus in February, smokers have made their way to a sidewalk to light up.
Residents of the Fuller Street neighborhood now say they have to put up with cigarette butts and the sight of people in scrubs and other hospital workers, visitors and even patients smoking near their homes, The Wenatchee World reported Tuesday. "Now all the cigarette butts blow over here to our house and we have to pick them up," said Dean Dillard. "You see all these professionals with their scrubs on and it's just not a good vision," said his wife, Joyce. "Do they wash their hands and brush their teeth before they go back to work? I wonder." The hospital put out a sand-filled bucket for butts and it's an eyesore, said Susie Huntley, another Fuller Street resident. "It's patients, visitors and employees," she said. "They sit right across from our house and smoke. I've got a couple of small kids and they see this and smell it and they want to know why."
E. DeBakey VA Medical Center to restrict smoking on its campus
Hospital praised for efforts to stamp out tobacco
SANFORD The Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network recently recognized Goodall Hospital for meeting best practice standards around creating a tobacco-free environment and supporting tobacco-free lifestyles.
Hawaii hospitals, clinics going tobacco-free
To further its commitment to improving community health, the East Hawaii Region of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation has adopted a tobacco-free policy that will go into effect Wednesday, May 1. This policy encompasses all hospitals and associated clinics on the campuses of Hilo Medical Center, Hale Hoola Hamakua in Honokaa and Kau Hospital, including businesses leasing office space on property operated by the East Hawaii Region of HHSC. The use of tobacco products will be prohibited on these campuses, including the parking lots.
honored for creating tobacco-free environment ($$)
Neighbors Go Tobacco-Free Starting May 1
hospitals recognized for addressing tobacco ($$)
moving to be a smoke-free facility
Hospital free smoking cessation program starts Wednesday
Health to start tobacco-free hiring policy
Hospital District is now smoke free
Health Clinic New England, Naval Branch Health Clinics prepare to go
Medicine decision not to hire smokers part of a controversial trend
Penn's head of smoking treatment says no-hire rule for smokers is ...
health system to stop hiring tobacco users, except at NJ facilities
Health going tobacco-free at its Chico, Gridley, Oroville sites
Medical Center to go tobacco-free at all locations
health system to go tobacco free March 1 ($$)
Once Used to Reward, Faces a Ban in Mental Hospitals
County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to become ...
City Hearing on Oakwood Smoking Ban Set for Thursday
Country Health: North Country HealthCare goes tobacco-free
Hospital going smoke-free on Friday, including outdoors ...
Morgan Hospital adopts new tobacco-free policy
DCH's tobacco ban is the right choice
Health System approves ban on tobacco use
Hawaii Hospitals Go Smoke-Free
approves outdoor smoking ban for streets and sidewalks in the hospital
tobacco ban going smoothly
Regional Goes Smoke-Free
of Jan. 1, Beebe will not hire tobacco users
hospital to ban smoking in 2013
COLUMN: Smoke-free zone improves everyone's health
'tobacco-free zone' measure passes first reading
Free Zone proposed for blocks around Roper Hospital, MUSC
plans to be tobacco-free facility
Hospital smoke-free as of Dec. 17
to go tobacco-free
tobacco-free policy takes effect
View going smoke-free Thursday
in five smokers lights up while hospitalized
battling cancer wants smoking ban enforced
going tobacco free Nov. 15
to new smoke-free campus at TMC
Kudos to the Teton County Hospital District Board and the Teton Medical Center administration and staff on the hospital's conversion to a smoke-free campus as ...
Regional to Adopt Tobacco-free Policy
The Altoona Regional Health System Board of Directors has approved
a tobacco free policy that will take effect Jan. 1.
Huntington, Marshall Health to go tobacco-free Nov. 15
Health is Tobacco Free
BILLINGS - RiverStone Health went tobacco-free Monday, making it the 48th medical or healthcare organization in Montana to implement the policy. ...
Pines VA tightens tobacco rules
Ohio Medical University bans tobacco
campus going tobacco-free
Methodist Hospital campus to go tobacco-free next year
to Lady of the Sea
Memorial Medical Center to impose smoke-free ban on ...
VIEW GOING SMOKE, TOBACCO-FREE
goes tobacco-free as part of wellness effort
A health and wellness initiative under way at Troy Regional Medical Center continues this week as the campus goes tobacco-free.
Health goes tobacco free
center takes healthy step
The decision to become a completely non-smoking facility was made by a hospital committee composed of smoking and non-smoking employees as well as ...
center goes tobacco-free on Lewiston campuses ($$)
Tobacco-dependent patients, employees and visitors to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center will be given free gum, mints, toothpicks and stress balls as the ...
tobacco-free policy revised
A policy that prohibits smoking on The Memorial Hospital grounds is still set to go into effect next month, but with a few changes.
banned at Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
Already, many of the major institutions on the medical campus are tobacco-free,
including Kaleida Health Kaleida Health Latest from The Business Journals
receives top tobacco-free award
Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford has won a gold level award
for its efforts to create a tobacco-free hospital environment in 2012.
The recognition, given by the Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network
in collaboration with the Partnership For A Tobacco-Free Maine, rewards
hospitals for ...
to prohibit all tobacco usage
Memorial Hospital in Martinsville will become tobacco-free on March
31, it announced Wednesday in a news release. Beginning on that date,
tobacco use of any ...
Hospital is going smoke-free in 2013
By Chris Welch, The Huntsville Times HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital
will also be smoke-free and the new Madison Hospital opened as a smoke-free
Assembly votes to outlaw smoking on hospital campuses
Many hospitals, they said, have already voluntarily banned smoking.
... "You want to ban smoking outside," he said. "The
last thing California needs is ...
The Assembly voted 45-23 to pass a bill (AB 1278), by Assembly member
Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), that would ban smoking on hospital campuses,
the Los Angeles ...
Shore locations go smoke-free
curbs smoking among substance abusers
The state of Oregon is fighting tobacco use among people with mental
illness and substance abuse disorders, officials say. ...
hospital stamps out smoking in quiet zone
Smoking has long been banned inside Heywood Hospital and on its grounds, but through a new Board of Health rule, smokers will need to take their habit further down the road. ...
Health System to go 100% smoke and tobacco free on January 1
Southcoast Health System will become 100% smoke and tobacco Free, effective
January 1. The goal of the program is to create a healing environment
for patients. ...
Health Alliance to go tobacco-free
Hospital pledges to go 'smoke-free'
Utah health facilities are going tobacco-free
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital will be 100 percent smoke-
and tobacco-free on all surrounding grounds and facilities owned, leased
or operated by the hospital beginning on Monday, spokesman Peter Haigney
Wabash General Hospital campus sites will become tobacco-free June 1
Your Hospital Property Smoke-Free (PDF)
Ford Health System Co-Authors How-to Manual for Going Smoke Free on
Upholds Smoking Ban at Pennsylvania's ACMH Hospital
hospitals hope to go tobacco-free in 2011
The Massachusetts Hospital Association is teaming up with the Department of Public Health this month to unveil the new tobacco-free hospital initiative.
Supporters say hospitals should participate in the voluntary program
to help reinforce the state's anti-smoking message. ...
Bay hospitals ring in the new year by going tobacco-free
Hospitals around the Tampa Bay region are ringing in 2011 with a healthy resolution long in the works: extinguishing on-campus smoking.
Tampa General Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospitals and the Morton Plant Mease health care system are among those becoming smoke-free zones with the start of the year.
That means no exceptions. Staffers can't light up in parked cars. Visitors
can't smoke in the gardens. And the hospitals are tobacco-free, so there's
no resorting to options that don't produce smoke. At Tampa General,
employees even asked if they could lean over the sidewalk to smoke over
the surrounding water. The answer was no. ...
butting out of hospital grounds
Tobacco is being snuffed out completely at the hospital and a couple of nursing homes in the area.
Effective January 1, 2011, Douglas County Hospital, Knute Nelson and Galeon of Osakis will become tobacco-free grounds.
PrimeWest Health is also working toward implementing a tobacco-free grounds policy and will have an effective date in the near future, according to Douglas County Public Health.
While all are tobacco-free inside, the new policy has expanded to prohibit
the use of tobacco products on all grounds, parking lots and property.
River Medical Center plans smoke-free facilities Nov. 1
Sebastian River Medical Center is going tobacco-free, campus wide on Nov. 1.
As of that date, no tobacco use of any kind will be permitted inside or outside any of the hospital facilities. This initiative will include the elimination of designated smoking areas outside of the hospital, where employees, patients and visitors currently may use tobacco products.
As a healthcare organization, committed to the health and safety of patients and the community, Sebastian River Medical Center has a responsibility to take a leadership role on this major health issue. The hospitals goal is to treat the whole patient, both mentally and physically. Allowing patients to use tobacco products while undergoing medical care and treatment is contrary to the facilitys mission. ...
Walla hospitals ban smoking
WALLA WALLA, Wash.The first of the year you won't be able to smoke at two Walla Walla hospitals. They are going tobacco free.
Smoking has been banned at all public locations and places of employment in Washington State since 2005. Now General Hospital and Providence Saint Mary Medical Center are joining in on the ban January 1st.
"Tobacco causes cancer, it promotes illness, and disease. We should be tobacco free as a way to encourage both the community and our own staff to be healthier," says Kathleen Obenland, Providence Saint Mary Medical Center.
The Washington State Department of Health says almost 11% of people in Walla Walla County smoke. That's about $12.4 million in healthcare and lost wages every year ...
around hospitals gets smoked
Dr. Charles Brantigan hates that "stinking fume" that wafts from cigarettes.
Yet, the Denver critical care physician spoke yesterday before the Denver City Council in opposition to a bill aimed at removing a sunset provision to a city ban on smoking on the public rights-of-way adjourning hospitals.
The City Council voted 11-2 last night to back removing the sunset provision, making it permanently illegal to smoke cigarettes around hospitals in Denver, to the ire of Dr. Brantigan.
While the doctor hates cigarettes and smoking, he doesn't believe the city should prohibit smoking around hospitals. The reason is not because he believes people should be able to smoke where they want, but because he says the city doesn't do its job enforcing the smoking ban around hospitals in the first place. ...
Medical Center proposes smoking ban for hospital campus; adjacent public
FLINT, Michigan -- Several Flint City Council members are wary about a proposed Hurley Medical Center smoking ban that would include public sidewalks and streets adjoining Hurley property.
Hurley officials are asking the council to approve a city ordinance
that would ban smoking on Hurley's campus, as well as any "publicly
owned property contiguous to a hospital campus," including but
not limited to sidewalks, lawns, streets and alleys ...
announces complete smoking ban
PUTNAM Effective Sept. 1, smoking will not be allowed anywhere
on Day Kimball Healthcare properties, including buildings, grounds,
parking areas or inside vehicles parked at the facility. ...
City Council to tackle smoking proposal, city budget
Smoking near AnMed Health campuses and other health-care related properties in Anderson would become more difficult if Anderson City Council approves a proposal.
Campuses of AnMed Health, which is based in the city, are already smoke-free, but the new proposal pushed by AnMed Health would allow any medical building in the city to set up - or not - an extended no-smoking area.
The proposal would create a 25-foot, smoke-free area that begins at the edge of a medical building. So smoking on public sidewalks or right of way areas outside of any participating building could lead to a fine of $10 to $25. ...
says ACMH Hospital can ban smoking
campuses now smoke-free
SAGINAW Covenant HealthCare completed its transition to tobacco-free and smoke-free campuses on Saturday, May 1.
All smoking and tobacco use is now banned from the buildings and grounds of all Covenant HealthCare sites as stated Friday in a Covenant-issued press release:
"The restrictions of this policy include any and all tobacco delivery devices, including smokeless options, with the exception of Nicorette gum, which is available for visitors in the Covenant gift shops, and nicotine patches."
"E-cigarettes, while not covered under Michigan's smoke-free air
law, are not approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration and
are prohibited under the new Covenant policy. Prescribed nicotine delivery
devices may be used in non-public areas only." ...
looks to toughen smoking rules
Team Up to Create Smoke Free Campuses
( CENTRALIA ) Smoking is bad for you and everyone knows it. Now, officials from the local hospital plan to ban smoking outside Providence-Centralia facilities. Leaders are planning a tobacco-free campus beginning this summer. It means all smoking areas will be eliminated after August 2. The new outdoor smoking ban on hospital property also applies to Providence Saint Peter Hospital, the Providence Rochester clinic, and Capitol Medical Center. Hospital leaders say they want to promote healing and improve the working environment for patients, visitors and staff. ...
Conway campus to become smoke free on June 1
E. A. Conway Medical Center announced Monday morning it will become a tobacco-free campus effective June 1. This will mean no smoking or tobacco use of any kind on hospital owned or operated property, a news released said.
As a regional leader in health care and promoter of healthy lifestyle changes, we are obligated to provide an environment free from the documented health hazards associated with secondhand smoke for our patients, visitors, physicians and employees. Tobacco use on our campus undermines our efforts to create a safe and healthy environment, Aryon McGuire, hospital administrator, said. ...
gets smoking ban on Newell road
BRISTOL City councilors Tuesday gave their unanimous backing to naming a municipal street beside Bristol Hospital a no-smoking zone.
The hospital made a formal request last year to have Newell Road declared a tobacco-free zone, the first city street to gain that designation.
City Councilor David Mills said that while he voted for the measure,
he is concerned it may be a problem. ...
Medical Center bans smoking on grounds
Delray Medical Center is enacting a permanent smoke break on its campus.
With the move, the hospital joins Boca Raton Community Hospital as a smoke-free medical center.
Effective immediately, no one is allowed to smoke on the Delray Medical Center grounds, 5352 Linton Blvd.
The hospital said it's helping smokers quit and protecting others from secondhand smoke.
Delray Medical Center officials are offering employees a free smoking-cessation
course as well as online and telephone coaching. ...
hospitals to become tobacco-free workplaces in Jan. 2011
Surgical technician Carole Smith, 45, has smoked for 20 years. When she started working at East Tennessee Children's Hospital three months ago, she already wanted to quit the cigarettes.
But a new policy leaves her no choice - at least, during the workday. On Wednesday morning, Children's Hospital and all other Knoxville-area hospital systems - Covenant Health, Mercy Health Partners, University of Tennessee Medical Center and Maryville's Blount Memorial Hospital - united to announce that their facilities will be "smoke-free workplaces" by Jan. 1, 2011.
Right now, that means only that employees won't be allowed to use tobacco products at the hospitals or their affiliates. Patients and visitors will still have the right to smoke in designated smoking areas. But administrators acknowledge the employee policy, which all could agree on, is "the first step" toward completely "smoke-free" campuses; individual hospitals will choose their own timetables to take the initiative further. ...
Raton Community Hospital to ban smoking
no-smoke plan wins
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center has become the first hospital in North Carolina to achieve statewide "gold star" status for its tobacco-cessation programs.
The rating comes from N.C. Prevention Partners, the advocacy group that successfully lobbied for every acute-care hospital in the state to become 100 percent tobacco free -- the first state to achieve the milestone.
However, a trip yesterday around the main campus of Wake Forest Baptist showed that it's unlikely that the policy -- put in place in July 2007 -- will gain 100 percent compliance from employees, visitors and patients. ...
Hospital gets the gold
...Norwalk Hospital was commended for having a smoke-free campus and
for supporting and promoting the "Nor-walker's Program" from
the Norwalk Healthy Lifestyles Cardiovascular Project with mapped out
walking routes in the City of Norwalk to encourage people to incorporate
exercise in their daily lives. ...
hospitals lead the way on smoking bans
Most hospitals in the country will have smoking bans on their campuses by next year, but St. Louis hospitals already breathe easy.
National regulations for hospitals have banned smoking inside medical buildings since 1992. About five years ago, hospitals started adopting smoke-free policies for their entire campuses, including parking lots, private vehicles and outdoor common areas.
Missouri, which has one of the nation's highest smoking rates at 24
percent, was at the forefront of making hospitals entirely smoke-free.
Hospital wants city to declare Newell Road smoke free
BRISTOL Bristol Hospital recently made a formal request to have a city road that runs through its grounds declared a no-smoking zone.
Hospital President Kurt Barwis asked the city to have Newell Road the primary entrance for its emergency room, medical office building and Connecticut Spine and Pain Center designated as smoke-free under a new law Bristol passed last summer.
Barwis said that having the street made into a no-smoking zone would be "the last step in allowing us to change over the entire hospital campus as smoke-free," a move it began in 2008.
City officials said they plan to ask the Hearings and Assessment Committee to look into the request and make a recommendation to the City Council. Little opposition is expected.
The citys new ordinance, which hasnt been used yet, allows it to designate public streets and sidewalks as no-smoking zones, except where state law dictates otherwise. ...
hospital exteriors appear smoke free during the first hours of ban
Syracuse, NY -- It appears as if Onondaga Countys ban on smoking within 100 feet of hospital property is working at Crouse and Upstate University hospitals, which implemented it this morning.
There are bright yellow signs announcing the ordinance on the sides
of the buildings and on fences. While cigarette butts line the sidewalks
of those hospitals like the aftermath of long-gone parties, there were
no smokers to be found near the hospitals this morning. ...
hospitals begin ban of tobacco on campuses
The idea of lighting up in the parking lot of Marion County's two largest hospitals got snuffed out when Munroe Regional Medical Center and Ocala Health became tobacco-free campuses today.
The two hospitals, which chose today's Great American Smokeout to launch the ban, are now part of a consortium of more than 70 smoke-free Florida hospitals.
Both hospitals had tried for years to make the change, but a gentle push from a local doctor and management brought the project to fruition.
Dr. Dante Raju, who still remembers when doctors smoked inside hospitals, said he brought the issue to the fore.
"I've been a staunch supporter of a smoke-free work environment," he said. ...
Memorial Hospital becomes a tobacco-free campus
In conjunction with The Great American Smoke Out, an annual event aimed at helping people quit smoking, Westfield Memorial Hospital will become a tobacco-free campus today. According to a press release from the hospital, the new policy will prohibit the use of any type of tobacco product such as cigarettes, cigars, pipes and chewing tobacco anywhere on the hospital's grounds, and the policy will affect all employees, physicians, visitors, patients, volunteers, vendors and other medical staff.
"As a healthcare provider, we were going to do it for a year, but we had so many changes with the Berger Commission that we didn't want to do it until now," said Tina Newell, a community educator at Westfield Memorial Hospital.
Ms. Newell said hospital employees and others will now be required to leave the hospital's premises if they wish to smoke, adding a few employees have already quit smoking due to the policy taking effect. ...
sanctuaries left for smokers at two Marin hospitals
Two Marin hospitals have chosen Thursday, the date of the 34th Great
American Smokeout, as the day to initiate a total ban on smoking on
To demonstrate that it means business, Novato Community Hospital on Wednesday removed its last refuge for employees and hospital visitors who smoked, a three-sided structure affectionately known as the "smoking shack." ...
hospitals ban smoking campuswide
RICHMOND, Va. -- Employees, patients and visitors smoked their last cigarettes at Henrico Doctors' and Bon Secours Richmond hospitals yesterday.
Using today's Great American Smokeout campaign as a kickoff point, the hospitals are becoming tobacco-free campuses inside and out.
HCA Inc.-owned Henrico Doctors' campuses going smoke-free today include Retreat, Forest and Parham. HCA's Chippenham and Johnston-Willis hospitals went tobacco-free in 2008. John Randolph will go smoke-free later.
The Bon Secours Richmond's hospitals banning all tobacco products inside and out are Memorial Regional, Richmond Community, St. Francis and St. Mary's.
The bans cover even parking garages on hospital properties, but some
leased spaces at St. Mary's may be excluded. ...
Maass Medical Center to Become a Smoke-Free Campus Celebrating the Great
To mark this years 33rd anniversary of the Great American Smokeout, Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC) and all other northern hospitals, health facilities and offices of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System will become smoke-free campus wide on November 19, 2009.
The Great American Smokeout is a program created by the American Cancer Society to encourage Americans to quit smoking for this one day in hope that they will realize that if they can quit for one day, they can quit forever.
The Great American Smokeout will be the culmination of CMMCs year-long efforts to provide smoking cessation resources for its employees and patients. These include initiatives such as quit programs, giveaways and providing a constant stream of information.
The other northern campuses that will become smoke-free include Livingston Services, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Saint Barnabas Ambulatory Care Center, Saint Barnabas Corporate Center, Saint Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Saint Barnabas Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers, Saint Barnabas Outpatient Centers and all Saint Barnabas Health Care System facilities and property in northern New Jersey. ...
Hospital deland to go tobacco-free
Florida Hospital DeLands new tobacco-free policy will go into effect Nov. 19, prohibiting any use of tobacco products by employees, physicians, visitors, patients, volunteers, vendors and medical staff anywhere on the hospital campus or property.
This prohibition will apply to smoking in personal vehicles on the
property as well as on any sidewalks or streets within the boundaries
of the campus. ...
zone encircles hospital
Bronson Frick, a spokesman for Americans for Non-Smokers Rights in California, said Friday that more than 1,000 communities nationwide have enacted some type of ban on smoking in various public places, which can include parks, restaurant patios, transit facility stops, certain areas of commercial districts and doorways to certain buildings and other places.
He said the issue is a local one, and communities that adopt such bans often do so when a particular problem is identified, He said perceived problems tend to be in areas where people congregate. It is a growing trend, he said. ...
grounds go tobacco free Nov. 19
Frankfort Regional Medical Center is going tobacco free - outdoors and in.
In conjunction with the American Cancer Society's 34th Great American Smokeout Challenge on Nov. 19, the local medical center is creating a tobacco free environment.
Administrators and medical staff believe the move is vital to promoting the health of patients, visitors, employees, volunteers, medical staff and others, according to a news release.
Tobacco use of any kind will not be permitted:
rules acmh's smoking ban unreasonable
EAST FRANKLIN -- Employees of one union at ACMH Hospital have won the right to smoke in a designated area, after an arbitrator ruled against a hospital policy this week.
The union representing the nonprofessional employees at the hospital had challenged a ban that was initiated Jan. 1 that prohibits smoking by anyone anywhere on hospital property, in an unfair labor practices complaint.
The arbitrator in the complaint decided the hospital's policy is unreasonable because it fails to make reasonable accommodation for employees to smoke in a designated area -- a past practice of the hospital, it was ruled as well.
Hospital officials were directed to meet with union representatives to provide for a designated smoking area. They met Wednesday to discuss the location.
A spokesperson said Wednesday prior to the meeting that the hospital is disappointed in the decision.
"We strongly believe it (a tobacco-free policy) was the right thing to do," said hospital spokesperson Anne Remaley. "We disagree with the arbitrator who didn't see we were trying to follow our mission statement of being a leader in promoting healthy responsible behavior in our community." ...
to allow smokers to use park
ECM Administrator Jody Pigg said the decision was made out of consideration for the hospitals neighbors.
Hospital leadership and the board of directors of ECM Hospital have agreed to allow families of extended stay critical patients, as well as families with patients in our emergency department the use of the park across from the Alabama Street entrance to smoke, Pigg said in an e-mail.
While the park is ECM property, Pigg said it is not physically connected
to any other hospital property and allows ECM to remain in compliance
with the citys new smoking ordinance. ...
Sound Off On Tobacco Ban At Andrews Hospital
ANDREWS - Another West Texas hospital is putting the brakes on tobacco. They're banning all smoking and dipping anywhere on the property. The Permian Regional Medical Center (PRMC) in Andrews is the next to go Tobacco Free. They said it's part of a state and nationwide trend. However, some smokers said the trend is forcing them to kick the habit.
"It's everywhere. It's not just the hospitals. It's everywhere," Katherine Morgan, an Andrews Hospital employee and smoker, said. "There's a lot of people that don't even want to come around you if they see you with a cigarette." ...
local hospitals unite on going tobacco-free
Three local hospitals announ-ced yesterday the facilities will go tobacco-free the first of next year.
Williamson ARH (Appalachian Regional Healthcare) Hospital, Williamson Memorial Hospital and Logan Regional Medical Center will join other local healthcare facilities Jan. 1, 2010 in prohibiting tobacco use of any kind inside or outside hospital property.
The health-oriented move will include the elimination of designated areas outside the three hospitals where employees, patients and visitors are currently permitted to use tobacco products, hospital officials reported. ...
Health Services Going Tobacco-Free
Calhoun Health Services will become a tobacco-free campus in 2010. The hospital board voted last week to ban all tobacco products from hospital property effective Jan. 1, 2010.
Weve never allowed smoking inside the building, so all were doing is extending it to the grounds, said James Franklin, hospital administrator.
A press release from the hospital stated that as a healthcare organization dedicated to the promotion of health and wellness, no person, including employees, medical staff, volunteers, students, vendors, visitors or patients will be permitted to use tobacco products on hospital grounds.
The restriction on em-ployees will prohibit the use of tobacco products during paid work hours, meaning they may not use tobacco during breaks or in their vehicles if on company time.
Franklin said the hospital will provide employees with education classes and necessary medications to help them quit smoking. He said the January effective date was approved to provide employees and others time to adjust to the new policy.
The new policy is in line with a push by BlueCross BlueShield of Mississippi to get all Mississippi hospitals tobacco-free. ...
hospital goes smokefree
HELENA - St. Peter's Hospital in Helena has joined other hospitals
in the state in banning tobacco use. The ban went into effect Tuesday.
law would clear the air outside hospitals
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Patients may no longer have to pass through a gantlet of second-hand smoke to enter local hospitals if the Onondaga County executive signs a law approved Tuesday by the Legislature.
The Legislature voted 15-3 to pass a local law authorizing local hospitals to ban smoking within 100 feet of their properties. Violators could be fined up to $50.
County Executive Joanie Mahoney is inclined to sign the law, but will reserve judgment until she holds a public hearing, said Ben Dublin, director of intergovernmental relations. The hearing has not yet been scheduled.
Before the vote, doctors, hospital officials and patients pleaded with legislators to pass the law, proposed by Thomas Buckel, D-Syracuse. ...
smoking areas to disappear
BRADENTON -- Health experts will tell you that smoking can earn you a trip to the hospital.
But as of Tuesday, Manatee County's three hospitals will make sure you don't light up anywhere near their buildings.
Manatee Memorial Hospital, Blake Medical Center and Lakewood Ranch Medical Center will go tobacco-free Tuesday, following the 2007 lead of hospitals and health departments in Sarasota, DeSoto and Charlotte counties.
"It's been an ongoing process for the last two years," said Vernon DeSear, Manatee Memorial's vice president of marketing and business development. "The other (counties') hospitals did it back in 2007, and we've been catching up."
Smoking has long been banned inside hospital buildings, but it was permitted outside. Manatee Memorial had two designated smoking areas outside its complex, DeSear said.
Now, smoking and the use of any tobacco product will be prohibited everywhere on the hospital properties. ...
County Healthcare Provides go Tobacco-Free
MORGANTOWN -- Three major health care providers in Monongalia County are getting ready to go tobacco-free and they're making sure everyone knows about it.
WVU Hospitals, Mon Health Systems, and HealthSouth Rehabilitation are all counting down the days until their properties are completely tobacco-free.
It's impossible to visit any of the institutions without seeing the transition, and officials say that's the point. ...
Shore Hospital going tobacco-free
... the doors on less palliative zones: smoking areas. The Weymouth
hospital said it will ban tobacco use across its entire campus beginning
Also, citing a community health issue, the Butte County Fairgrounds has announced a smoke-free environment effective this year. The one temporary designated ...
of US hospitals will have smoke-free campuses by end of year
WASHINGTON DC, Aug. 20, 2009While hospital buildings are often smoke-free, a new study finds that by February 2008, 45 percent of US hospitals had adopted "smoke-free campus" policies, meaning that all the property owned or leased by the hospital, both indoors and outdoors, was smoke-free and there were no designated smoking areas on those properties.
The study, "The Adoption of Smoke-Free Hospital Campuses in the United States," is the first of its kind to examine the national prevalence of smoke-free hospital campus policies. It was conducted by The Joint Commission, the world's largest healthcare standards setting and accrediting body, and researchers from the Henry Ford Health System's Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. The study was funded by the Substance Abuse Policy Research Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and appears in the online version of the peer-reviewed journal Tobacco Control.
"Besides the 45 percent that already had smoke-free campuses, another 15 percent indicated that they would be implementing similar policies in the near future. Hence, it is safe to assume on the basis of these results that the majority of US hospitals will have smoke-free campuses by the end of 2009," according to Scott C. Williams, PsyD, of The Joint Commission.
The 2008 data shows that not-for-profit hospitals were more likely to have smoke-free campuses than for-profit hospitals. The 2008 data also shows that hospitals in Arkansas, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Wisconsin had among the highest proportion of smoke-free campuses. Hospitals in several tobacco states also had significant proportion of smoke-free campuses.
"In 1992, The Joint Commission implemented a standard which required hospitals to adopt a non-smoking policy throughout all buildings, limiting smoking to separate, ventilated areas. At that time, fewer than 3 percent of hospitals extended this indoor smoking ban to include the entire hospital campus, both indoors and outdoors. Our study shows that around 2004-2005 this began to change dramatically. Now a majority of the nation's hospitals do not allow smoking anywhere on their property," Williams said.
The study examined the current smoking policies and future plans of 1,916 Joint Commission-accredited hospitals to determine the prevalence of smoke-free hospital campus policies and whether such policies had an impact on smoking cessation counseling offered in those hospitals. The study found that not-for-profit hospitals were slightly more likely to offer smoking cessation counseling than for-profit hospitals.
The study also found that federally owned hospitals were less likely to have smoke-free campuses. This, according to the study, was likely due to the influence of federal legislation requiring all Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals to have a suitable and accessible patient indoor smoking area for patients and residents. "Such legislation makes it virtually impossible for VA hospitals to adopt a completely smoke-free campus," Williams said.
N.C. hospitals shun tobacco usage to protect patients
FAYETTEVILLE Starting Monday, all hospitals in North Carolina are tobacco free. Its the goal of a program created by N.C. Prevention Partners and the N.C. Hospital Association.
The program first started three years ago with a $600,000 grant from Duke Endowment.
Hospitals joining the program agree to make their campus 100 percent tobacco-free, including buildings, sidewalks and parking lots. Organizers say North Carolina now leads the nation in tobacco-free hospitals and will protect millions of patients, visitors and hospital employees from second-hand smoke. ...
bans smoking on campus
Wyoming Medical Center will become one of 16 hospital campuses in the state to be completely nonsmoking.
As of July 1, there will be no designated smoking areas in or around the hospital, including the parking garage and adjacent sidewalks, the hospital announced Wednesday at its quarterly open board of directors meeting.
Kaleida Health sites to go smoke-free as of July 1
All Kaleida Health sites in Western New York will become entirely smoke-free on July 1, officials said Wednesday.
Improving the health of our community is our core mission, said James R. Kaskie, president and chief executive officer of Kaleida. As a health care delivery system, it is important that we promote an anti-smoking environment.
Kaleida, the largest health care provider and biggest private employer in Western New York, includes Buffalo General Hospital, DeGraff Memorial in North Tonawanda, Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital, Millard Fillmore Suburban and Womens and Childrens Hospital of Buffalo.
Under the new policy, no one will be permitted to smoke on the property of any Kaleida Health facility, including its hospitals, long-term care facilities, primary care sites and several other locations.
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