Hospitals & Healthcare Facilities

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:

  1. Aid in community, employee, and patient cessation efforts;
  2. Lower maintenance costs; and
  3. Increase worker productivity.

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.

State mental health facilities in N.C. going smoke-free this summer
Asheboro Courier Tribune - June 9, 2014

On July 1, smoking will no longer be allowed at state mental health and substance ... The smoking ban is a big change for psychiatric hospitals and clinics, ...

MD Anderson adopts no-tobacco hiring policy
Houston Chronicle - June 1, 2014

If they test positive for tobacco, they can get smoking-cessation materials and ... Texas is in a minority of states where banning smokers from getting jobs is even ...

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center won't hire people who smoke
Houston Business Journal - May 21, 2014

M.D. Anderson's campus became smoke-free in 1989, and five years later it became one of the few U.S. academic medical institutions to adopt a policy ...

Syracuse hospital fire that burned patient using e-cigarette remains a mystery
The Post-Standard - May 9, 2014

Syracuse, N.Y. - The official cause of a recent fire at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center that burned a patient using an e-cigarette while on oxygen remains a mystery. A report by Syracuse Fire investigator Joe Galloway lists the cause of the March 22 fire as undetermined, but says the patient's e-cigarette cannot be eliminated as a potential cause without further forensic examination of the device...

Stormont-Vail recognized for workplace health improvement
Topeka Capital Journal - May 2, 2014

The health system also has made its property a tobacco-free zone, tries to offer healthier meals in the cafeteria and puts tips for healthy lifestyles in the employee ..

Hospital bans e-cigs
WGY - April 23, 2014

A Syracuse hospital is banning electronic cigarettes after a patient on oxygen was burned by a fire that erupted while she was puffing on one of the devices.

NY hospital warns after e-cigarette fire, injury
Yahoo News - April 23, 2014

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- A New York hospital is reinforcing its ban on electronic cigarettes after a patient on oxygen was burned by a fire that erupted while she was puffing on one of the devices.

Syracuse hospital bans e-cigarettes after patient on oxygen catches fire while using one
Syracuse (NY) Post-Standard - April 22, 2014

A Syracuse hospital is warning patients not to use electronic cigarettes after a patient on oxygen caught fire while puffing on one of the devices. Joe Galloway, a Syracuse Fire Department investigator, said the cause of the March 22 fire at St. Joseph'

NY hospital wrongfully bans electronic cigarettes after patient ...
Examiner.com - April 22, 2014

On April 22, 2014, Syracuse.com reported that St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center has banned e-cigarettes after one of their patients caught on fire. On March ...

University of Maryland Medical Center cited for safety concerns
WBAL Baltimore - April 8, 2014

Federal and state investigators have cited the University of Maryland Medical Center for safety violations following the death of a patient who died in a fire in his hospital room, the WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team has learned. According to a UMMC spokesperson, "The hospital has implemented a more stringent tobacco-free policy and will continue to work with Medicare and Medicaid ...

The Stroller: 'Do something'
Spartanburg Herald Journal - April 3, 2014

TAKE IT ELSEWHERE: Scott Cheek of Spartanburg says that for Spartanburg Regional Medical Center to be a smoke-free facility, there is a lot of smoke to pass ...

Barton campuses go smoke-free together
Carson Valley Times - April 3, 2014

All patients, visitors, medical staff, vendors, and employees will not be allowed to smoke at Barton. This includes the use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, pipes, ...

Barton facilities go smoke-free
Tahoe Daily Tribune - April 2, 2014

All Barton Health facilities and grounds are now 100 percent smoke-free. The smoking and tobacco ban includes all Barton Health facilities, parking lots, grounds, and Barton Memorial Hospital, according to a press release. The changed took place April 1. All patients, visitors, medical staff, vendors and employees will not be allowed to smoke at Barton. This includes the use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, pipes, marijuana smoking, and smoke-free tobacco products such as chewing tobacco.

GRMC: New Hospital Adopts a Smoke-Free Policy
Pacific News Center - March 28, 2014

Tamuning, Guam (March 28) - When patients visit the Guam Regional Medical City later this year, they shall be visiting a smoke-free facility. GRMC management ...

Health center could use a boost in faculty
The Pacific Index - March 20, 2014

We have an entire campus in Hillsboro devoted to the health professions, and the administration has been relentless in attempting to pass a smoking ban here ...

Hospital CEO supports 'take it outside' legislation
Peninsula Clarion - March 6, 2014

I have watched the smoke-free campaign make significant ground over the last several years. As a healthcare professional, I would be remiss if I didnt support a proposed law that would prohibit smoking in all indoor workplaces, businesses and public places. Of course the reason this legislation is being proposed is to prevent non-smokers from being exposed to second hand smoke. We now have plenty of science to support the fact that second hand smoke is dangerous. Just look up The Health Consequences of Smoking report. Its all there; I dont need to recite facts and figures as we all now know that smoking is a major threat to our public health. ...

Baptist Easley Hospital earns Gold Medal
Greenville News - January 28, 2014

EASLEY Baptist Easley Hospital has been recognized as a Gold Medal hospital in South Carolina by Working Well, a collaboration between the South Carolina Hospital Association and Prevention Partners. To earn the designation, a hospital must reach the highest standard of excellence and earn Gold in the programs three criteria: Gold Star for tobacco-free people and places, ...

Northwest Medical Center now smoke and tobacco-free site
Tucson News Now - January 2, 2014

Northwest Medical Center is starting out 2014 as a tobacco and smoke free campus. As of Jan. 1, NMC's new policy prohibits the use of any tobacco products on the campus, as well as any affiliated facilities like urgent cares, ambulatory surgery centers and physician's offices. ...

DCH goes smoke-free Jan. 1
Tuscaloosa News - December 31, 2013

Starting Wednesday, tobacco use will be banned at all DCH Health System properties, including DCH Regional Medical Center, Northport Medical Center, Fayette Medical Center and Pickens County Medical Center.

SAMC to go completely smoke-free
Dothan (AL) Eagle - December 13, 2013

Southeast Alabama Medical Center will start the new year smoke-free. And like giving up an addiction, it’s not expected to be easy.

LifeLinks site to become tobacco-free
Journal Gazette and Times-Courier – November 27, 2013

MATTOON — LifeLinks Mental Health will join the growing list of behavioral health and healthcare providers to adopt a tobacco-free campus policy, effective Jan ...

Local hospitals becoming smoke-free
El Paso Inc . - November 25, 2013

Sierra Medical Center, Providence Memorial Hospital and Providence Children's Hospital are becoming smoke-free campuses. For staffers who want to quit, ...

Owensboro Health officials remind visitors campus is smoke free
14 News WFIE Evansville - November 22, 2013

Owensboro Health officials remind visitors campus is smoke free.

Smoking within property banned at three El Paso hospitals
KFOX El Paso - November 21, 2013

... rain/winter mix/snow before our system exits on Monday. WEATHER ALERT. News»Top Stories» Smoking within property banned at three El Paso hospitals ...

Marshall Medical Centers: Hospital plans to be tobacco free
Sand Mountain Reporter - November 20, 2013

Marshall Medical Centers: Hospital plans to be tobacco free. Story · Comments. Print: Create a hardcopy of this page; Font Size: Default font size: Larger font ...

Law banning smoking on hospital grounds goes into effect
Mid-Hudson News - October 30, 2013

ALBANY – A law that prohibits smoking outdoors on the grounds of hospitals and residential health care facilities, including within 15 feet of a building entrance ...

NY smoking ban expands to outside hospitals, nursing homes
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin - October 30, 2013

The state's smoking ban was bolstered Tuesday when a new law made it illegal to smoke on the grounds of hospital and nursing homes. Although many hospitals already have outside "smoke-free" areas, the new law will make it illegal to smoke on the property...

WCCH bans smoking
The Daily News - October 30, 2013

Lighting up will soon be a thing of the past at Wyoming County Community Hospital. Smoking will be banned on any of the WCCH grounds, or inside its buildings. All employees, patients and visitors are included. The new rule becomes effective Friday in accordance with state law. Outdoor designated smoking areas will be removed as part of the change. ...

Willow Point goes smoke and tobacco free
WBNG-TV - October 30, 2013

Willow Point goes smoke and tobacco free ... Broome County recently announced that Willow Point Nursing Home will now be smoke free and tobacco free.

Smoking banned at healthcare facilities starting Nov. 1
Utica Observer Dispatch - October 28, 2013

Starting Nov. 1, staff and visitors wont be able to smoke in hospitals and residential health care facilities in New York or on their grounds. Officials at the three Oneida County hospitals stressed their support of the new state ban on Monday.

Vermont moves to make addiction treatment centers smoke-free
Daily Journal - October 22, 2013

MONTPELIER, Vermont — The Vermont Department of Health is pushing to make state-funded addiction treatment centers tobacco-free by next year.

Erlanger Health System to go smoke-free
WRCB-TV - October 21, 2013

Erlanger Health System will join numerous other local companies, including health care providers, in going smoke-free, executives announced today. The use of ...

DCH hospitals to go tobacco free Jan. 1
FOX6 WBRC-TV (Birmingham, AL) - October 14, 2013

DCH Health System hospitals will be tobacco free in 2014. The hospital's Director of Employee Health says they have a responsibility to ensure a healthy environment for employees and patients.

Tobacco-free programs at Spartanburg Regional earn gold star
Spartanburg Herald Journal - September 27, 2013

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System has been recognized for providing employees with tobacco cessation resources and for creating a comprehensive ...

UMC Hospital Smoke Free Campuses
EverythingLubbock.com - September 27, 2013

UMC Hospitals has been smoke free for 4 months and are seeing benefits.

Hospital Grounds Smoking Ban Signed Into Law
WAMC - August 5, 2013

Legislation that would prohibit smoking outdoors on the grounds of hospitals and residential healthcare facilities has been signed into law by the governor. The legislation, sponsored by Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (D, Suffern), prohibits smoking outdoors including within 15 feet of a building entrance or exit or within 15 feet of the entrance to or exit from the grounds.

New York Hospitals Grounds Are Now Mandated Smoke-Free
Patch.com - August 5, 2013

In less than 90 days, Westchester and Rockland County hospitals will all be required to model their practices after Phelps Hospital and Westchester Medical ...

JC Blair Hospital No Smoking Policy
Fox8tv - August 1, 2013

As of today a Huntingdon County hospital s new anti-smoking policy is in effect. JC Blair Memorial Hospital is banning all tobacco products, including ...

Tri Valley Health Systems tobacco-free as of Aug. 1
McCook Daily Gazette - July 31, 2013

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 lots. …

Hospital's smoking ban taking hold
Simi Valley Acorn - July 19, 2013

Simi Valley Hospital officials said theyve received positive feedback on the July 1 total ban on smoking at the facility. The ban, which the hospital calls Compassionate Air, requires staff as well as patients to refrain from smoking on all hospital property, including outdoor areas. The only designated smoking area for employees before the ban were in the hospital parking lots. The indoor ban now also includes electronic cigarettes.

Baptist, Sacred Heart adopt tobacco-free hiring policies
Pensacola News Journal - July 11, 2013

Baptist Health Care and Sacred Heart Health System, the Pensacola area's two largest private employers, will adopt a tobacco-free hiring policy beginning Jan. ...

UPMC goes tobacco-free in 2014
Pittsburgh Business Times- July 10, 2013

...the number of smokers to 11 percent from 18 percent in 2007, Cline said. The rate of smoking in Allegheny County exceeds 20 percent. Employees will be offered a wide array of resources and support services to help them quit using …

Baptist Health Care adopts tobacco-free hiring
Atmore Advance - July 5, 2013

Being a smoker in Atmore may cost you more than just the extra money for a pack of cigarettes soon – as of January, it could cost you a job. Beginning on the ...

Hospital Goes Smoke-Free Outside
WTAJ - July 3, 2013

The J.C. Blair Health System will go smoke-free on August 1. The ban will ... The hospital's buildings have been smoke-free for several years. Employees will get ...

Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center Now Tobacco Free
WABI - July 2, 2013

Bangor - Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center in Bangor is now tobacco free. No smoking or tobacco use is allowed in any DDPC space. Employees must leave the hospital grounds if they want to smoke and patients will not be allowed to leave the hospital to smoke or use tobacco at any time.

Smoke-free Medical Center
MyMotherLode.com - June 23, 2013

Sonora, CA -- Sonora Regional Medical Center (SRMC) is now a tobacco-free campus. The beginning of this month, the hospital initiated a new policy ...

S1987A-2013 - NY Senate Open Legislation - Prohibits smoking on the grounds of general hospitals and residential health care facilities
New York State Senate - June 22, 2013

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to prohibiting smoking on hospital grounds and residential health care facilities PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To prohibit smoking on the campus grounds and within 15 feet of the ...

Senate Passes Bill to Ban Smoking Within 15 FT of Health Facilities
Long Island (NY) Exchange - June 22, 2013

Senator Jack M. Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) has announced the State Senate has passed legislation (S.1987-A) he sponsored that would prohibit smoking within fifteen feet of all general hospitals, residential health care facilities and other state licensed ...

Dearborn Council Rescinds Smoking Ban at Oakwood Hospital
Patch.com-June 12, 2013

A smoking ban at Oakwood Hospital has been temporarily lifted until the ... the Dearborn City Council revoked an ordinance that bans smoking within 100 feet of ...

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center enhances tobacco free policy
The Lake Country Echo-June 11, 2013

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Crosby now maintains a 100 percent tobacco free environment and an updated policy will be in place. The new ...

Hospital policy is a good step
Houma Courier - June 9, 2013

The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living would like to congratulate Teche Regional Medical Center for implementing a 100 percent tobacco-free policy that went into effect on June 1.

DEARBORN: Council moves toward lifting smoking ban within 100 ...
Dearborn Press and Guide - May 30, 2013

The ban at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center that has pushed smokers into the surrounding neighborhood might be lifted in the near future. The City Council voted 7-0 Tuesday to approve the first reading of a change in the ordinance that bans smoking within 100 feet of a school or hospital; the second reading, which will change the ordinance, could happen at its next meeting at 7:30 p.m. June 11 at City Hall, 13615 Michigan Ave. The change would keep schools as part of the ordinance, but remove hospitals, which would allow smokers to again congregate on the sidewalk in front of the hospital, 18101 Oakwood Blvd.

Hospital to be a smoke-free campus
The Hillsdale Daily News - May 30, 2013

In a continuing effort to better the health of its patients and visitors, the Hillsdale Community Health Center will become a smoke-free campus as of June 1. JJ Hodshire, director of organizational development for HCHC, said the hospital has been working to go smoke-free for the last several years. ..

Smokers angry as Maine Med's ban nears
Portland (ME) Press-Herald - May 29, 2013

Employees, patients and visitors are included in the ban as the hospital tries to expel second-hand smoke.

Rader is a tobacco-free campus
DVIDS - May 24, 2013

JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. - Patients, staff members and visitors to Andrew Rader U.S. Army Health Clinic on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall can no longer light up, chew or use any other tobacco product on the facility's campus.

Doctors group: Ban sale of tobacco in hospitals
AP - Associated Press - May 22, 2013

The Massachusetts Medical Society offered testimony Tuesday at a Beacon Hill hearing by the Legislature's Joint Committee on Public Health. The bill would not only prohibit hospitals and clinics from selling cigarettes and other tobacco products, it would...

MUSC president responds to complaints about hospital smokers in nearby neighborhood
Charleston Post Courier - May 16, 2013

Ever since the no-smoking district around the Medical University of South Carolina and Roper Hospital went into effect on March 1, MUSC President Ray Greenberg hasnt heard any complaints from surrounding neighbors. That is, until this week.

Sebasticook ValleyHealth earns award
Morning Sentinel - May 9, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- Sebasticook Valley Health recently received a gold level award for meeting all the standards around creating a tobacco-free environment and ...

Honokaa, Ka'u hospitals going tobacco free
West Hawaii Today - April 29, 2013

Honokaa, Ka'u hospitals going tobacco free. The East Hawaii Region of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation has adopted a tobacco-free policy that will go into effect Wednesday. 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. ...

County Psychiatric Health Facility To Be Smoke-Free
Santa Barbara Independent - April 24, 2013

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. …

Hospital smoking ban has neighbors in a huff
The Columbian - April 24, 2013

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." …

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center to restrict smoking on its campus
Ultimate West U - April 21, 2013

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston has announced it will limit smoking on its campus. According to a press release from the center, "Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability and death in the U.S. In an effort to improve the health of veterans, volunteers, visitors and staff, MEDVAMC will severely limit smoking on its campus this year. The decision to change our smoking policy reflects the medical center's commitment to improve the health of our nation's heroes. Smoking will only be allowed in designated smoking shelters."

Goodall Hospital praised for efforts to stamp out tobacco
Foster's Daily Democrat - April 18, 2013

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. …

East Hawaii hospitals, clinics going tobacco-free
Hawaii 24/7 (press release) - April 13, 2013

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 Ka’u 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. …

WCGH honored for creating tobacco-free environment ($$)
Republican Journal (subscription) - April 9, 2013

Waldo County General Hospital was honored recently as one of 18 hospitals in the state to meet all 10 standards for creating a tobacco-free environment and supporting tobacco-free lifestyles. … Tina Dickey of Waldo County General Hospital, right, accepts the Gold Level award from Sarah Mayberry, director of the Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network. …

TAMC recognized for tobacco-free environment
St. John Valley Times - April 8, 2013

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine - The Aroostook Medical Center has been recognized by the Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network for excellence in creating a tobacco-free environment for patients, employees, and the community. TAMC received a gold star award, the highest level of recognition given by the hospital network, on March 27 at the annual Gold Star Standards of Excellence program, during an event at the Maine Hospital Association. …

AGH, Neighbors Go Tobacco-Free Starting May 1
The Dispatch - April 5, 2013

The new tobacco-free campus policy comprises cigarettes, pipes and cigars as well as all smokeless tobacco products, which are prohibited in all buildings, ...

31 hospitals recognized for addressing tobacco ($$)
Courier-Gazette & Camden Herald (subscription) – April 1, 2013

Augusta ­ On March 27, the Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network recognized 31 Maine hospitals, including Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport, through the ...

PMC moving to be a smoke-free facility
Independent Observer - March 14, 2013

The Pondera Medical Center (PMC) has announced plans to become a tobacco-free and smoke-free campus beginning March 15. After that date, no tobacco use of any kind will be permitted – both inside and outside – on all PMC property. …

Morton Hospital free smoking cessation program starts Wednesday
Taunton Daily Gazette - March 4, 2013

… Morton Hospital also implemented a 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policy in April last year. …

Orlando Health to start tobacco-free hiring policy
Orlando Sentinel - March 1, 2013

Smokers need not apply. That's the word from Orlando Health, which announced this evening that it will start a tobacco-free hiring policy at seven of its hospitals ...

Orlando Health Implements Tobacco-Free Hiring
Newswise (press release) - March 1, 2013

Newswise ­ Orlando, FL (March 1, 2013) – Effective April 1, 2013 Orlando Health will implement a tobacco-free hiring rule. The new rule is an expansion of the ...

Charleston's Hospital District is now smoke free
ABC NEWS 4 - March 1, 2013

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- One year after MUSC's campus went smoke free, the ban extends to the sidewalks and streets near the hospitals as well.

Smoke-free district around Charleston hospitals starts Friday ($$)
Charleston Post Courier (subscription) – February 28 , 2013

A no-smoking zone around Roper Hospital and the Medical University of South Carolina will be implemented on Friday, but an MUSC spokeswoman said it is not the university’s intention to fine smokers who break the new policy. … Tobacco is already banned at both MUSC and Roper, but the new district creates an even broader no-smoking zone around both campuses. The ban includes ...

Naval Health Clinic New England, Naval Branch Health Clinics prepare to go tobacco-free
Dolphin - February 21, 2013

The effort to make Naval Health Clinic New England (NHCNE) tobacco-free is underway with posters and banners displayed to prepare staff, patients and visitors of the new policy taking effect March 1. This tobacco-free policy will be adapted at all four NHCNE sites: NHCNE Newport; the Naval Branch Health Clinics (NBHC) at Groton; Portsmouth, N.H.; and Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The use of tobacco products of any kind will be prohibited in all spaces and buildings of the medical sites. There will no longer be designated smoking areas on the facility grounds, and smoking in vehicles within the NHCNE/NBHC boundaries will not be allowed. …

Penn Medicine decision not to hire smokers part of a controversial trend
Philly.com - February 21, 2013

Penn Medicine's decision to hire only nonsmokers starting July 1 is part of a slow-moving trend that goes back decades and that is still controversial even among public health workers, who often see tobacco as enemy No. 1. … Some see hiring as a different issue. "The tobacco companies made a highly addictive product, and it is difficult to quit," said Cynthia Hallett, executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a Berkeley, Calif., group that fights for smoke-free workplaces nationwide but that has not taken a position on hiring. "I don't know that we can penalize people who are addicted to cigarettes because that is exactly what the tobacco companies wanted to do." …

U Penn's head of smoking treatment says no-hire rule for smokers is ...
Newsworks.org - February 21, 2013

The head of the University of Pennsylvania's smoking treatment program said ... The new Penn restrictions will not apply to employees working in New Jersey.

UPenn health system to stop hiring tobacco users, except at NJ facilities
AP - Associated Press - Feb 19, 2013

The University of Pennsylvania's health system says that beginning this summer people who use tobacco products will no longer be hired. A notice on the Philadelphia-based health system website's career page says that as of July 1, the system will cease

Ampla Health going tobacco-free at its Chico, Gridley, Oroville sites
Enterprise-Record - February 14, 2013

Starting today, Ampla Health is changing its polices to institute a tobacco- and smoke-free environment on all of its properties, including parking lots, rented ...

Enloe Medical Center to go tobacco-free at all locations
Enterprise-Record - February 12, 2013

CHICO ­ Starting Thursday, tobacco will no longer be allowed on any Enloe Medical Center property, whether the main campus, specialized treatment centers ...

EASTAR health system to go tobacco free March 1 ($$)
Wagonertribune - February 9, 2013

EASTAR Health System, in an effort to provide the healthiest and safest environment for staff, physicians, volunteers, patients, and visitors announced that it will be converting to a tobacco-free system on March 1. …

Smoking, Once Used to Reward, Faces a Ban in Mental Hospitals
New York Times - February 6, 2013

…Hospitals often used cigarettes as incentives or rewards for taking medicine, following rules or attending therapy. Some programs still do. And smoking was endorsed by advocates for people with mental illness and family members, who sometimes sued to preserve smoking rights, considering cigarettes one of the few pleasures patients were allowed. New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the nearly 46 million adults with mental illness have a smoking rate 70 percent higher than those without mental illness, and consume about a third of the cigarettes in the country, though they make up one-fifth of the adult population. …

Ashtabula County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to become ...
The Star Beacon - February 7, 2013

KINGSVILLE TOWNSHIP ­ Residents of the Ashtabula County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center learned Wednesday that their home will become a no-smoking residence come July 1. … “It's my goal (for the nursing home) to be smoke free,” she said. Employees who ... But he said the trend in the industry is to make nursing homes smoke free. …

Dearborn City Hearing on Oakwood Smoking Ban Set for Thursday
Dearborn (MI) Patch.com - February 5, 2013

A public hearing will be held Thursday, Feb. 7, to address concerns surrounding a no-smoking policy on the Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center campus. …

Smokers need not apply: Flint-based McLaren Health Care institutes ...
The Flint Journal - MLive.com - February 5, 2013

GENESEE COUNTY, MI -- There are no butts about how serious McLaren Health Care is taking the issue of tobacco use with new employees. … Job applicants must also no longer be using smoking-cessation products, like ... employer is restricting the chance of someone getting a job, Anderson said. …

North Country Health: North Country HealthCare goes tobacco-free
Arizona Daily Sun - February 4, 2013

North Country HealthCare began a tobacco-free policy on Feb. 1. The policy went into effect at all of its locations in 13 communities and affects employees, ...

Huntsville Hospital going smoke-free on Friday, including outdoors ...
al.com (blog) - January 31, 2013

A huge chunk of the Rocket City's medical district is about to be off-limits to cigarette smokers. Huntsville Hospital is going smoke-free on Friday morning, along with more than 20 affiliated hospitals and medical offices across North Alabama. …

Decatur Morgan Hospital adopts new tobacco-free policy
WAFF - January 30, 2013

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Smoking areas will soon be a thing of the past for the Decatur General campus of Decatur/Morgan Hospital. … Decatur/Morgan Hospital has had a tobacco-free policy as it pertains to the buildings they own for years, but this new policy that goes into effect February 1st takes into account all of their property down to the edge of the sidewalk. …

EDITORIAL: DCH's tobacco ban is the right choice
Tuscaloosa (AL) News - January 14, 2013

A health care provider shouldn't insinuate in any way that it approves of the habit even in such minor ways as providing a dedicated smoking area. The health care system's decision should be based on the action's symbolic value. ...

Ban on tobacco use approved by DCH Health System
Morning Call, Birmingham Business Journal – January 11, 2013

Starting next year, smoking by staff, patients, visitors, vendors, volunteers and the general public will be banned at all DCH Health System properties. According to the Tuscaloosa News, the ban, which will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014, includes DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa and Northport Medical Center. …

DCH Health System approves ban on tobacco use
Tuscaloosa (AL) News - January 11, 2013

Policy change will affect all visitors, employees of hospital...

West Hawaii Hospitals Go Smoke-Free
Big Island Now - January 10, 2013

Two Big Island hospitals have been recognized for their newly instituted smoke-free policy. Kona Community Hospital in Kealakekua and Kohala Hospital in Kapa`au became smoke- and tobacco-free on Jan. 1. …

Charleston approves outdoor smoking ban for streets and sidewalks in the hospital district
Charleston Post Courier (subscription) - January 8, 2013

In a decision reached by a single vote, Charleston City Council agreed tonight to ban smoking on public streets and sidewalks in the city’s hospital district. The ban, which takes effect March 1, is the region’s first prohibition on outdoor smoking in an urban center, and covers most of the area on and between Bee and Calhoun streets, Courtney Drive, and Rutledge Avenue in downtown Charleston. …

Hospitals' tobacco ban going smoothly
Johnstown (PA) Tribune-Democrat - January 4, 2013

New tobacco policies went into effect on Tuesday at hospitals across the region, but officials say education and awareness programs helped reduce backlash. Conemaugh and Altoona Regional health systems’ smoking policies target employees, visitors ...

Altoona Regional Goes Smoke-Free
WTAJ - January 2, 2013

Altoona regional's smoke-free policy took effect Tuesday. There will no longer be a designated smoking area or hospital property. And Altoona regional will no ...

As of Jan. 1, Beebe will not hire tobacco users
DelmarvaNow.com - January 1, 2013

LEWES -- Those who hope to be employed by Beebe Medical Center must be nicotine free starting Jan. 1. The hospital announced it will no longer hire applicants -- including contractors, travelers and consultants -- who use tobacco. ...

Madisonville hospital to ban smoking in 2013
Associated Press - December 31, 2012

Hospital patients, employees and visitors will be banned from smoking, using chewing tobacco and puffing on electronic cigarettes at Baptist Hospital Madisonville and its various campuses around western Kentucky. ...

BALOG COLUMN: Smoke-free zone improves everyone's health
Charleston (SC) Post & Courier - December 22, 2012

Establishing a tobacco-free zone around the Roper and MUSC hospitals in downtown Charleston is a natural extension of existing policies, and it makes good health sense for everyone. …

Charleston 'tobacco-free zone' measure passes first reading
Charleston Post Courier (subscription) - December 19, 2012

Charleston City Council tonight passed first reading of an ordinance creating a “tobacco-free zone” around the Medical University of South Carolina and Roper ...

Charleston approves first step toward Tobacco-Free Zone
Charleston Post Courier (subscription) - December 19, 2012

Charleston City Council took a first step toward outlawing smoking for blocks around the downtown hospital district, giving initial approval to establish a special ...

Charleston passes 1st reading of new smoking ban ordinance
ABC NEWS 4 - December 18, 2012

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV)­Lighting up in downtown Charleston could get a little harder for smokers. On Tuesday, Charleston City Council passed first ...

VIDEO: Charleston passes 1st reading of new smoking ban ordinance
WCIV-TV ABC-4 (Mount Pleasant, SC) - December 19, 2012

On Tuesday, Charleston City Council passed first reading of an ordinance that would ban smoking on certain sidewalks and streets near hospitals. The ordinance specifically applies to MUSC and Roper St. Francis. ...

Tobacco Free Zone proposed for blocks around Roper Hospital, MUSC
Charleston Post Courier (subscription) - December 15, 2012

The City of Charleston on Tuesday will consider creating a “tobacco free zone” around the Medical University of South Carolina and Roper Hospital. If the ordinance is approved, smoking would be banned from all public spaces and sidewalks throughout the hospital district, covering about 10-square blocks. …

Hospital plans to be tobacco-free facility
Deming Headlight - December 11, 2012

Mimbres Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home (MMH) is going tobacco-free on May 6, 2013. After this time, no tobacco use of any kind will be permitted - inside ...

Russellville Hospital smoke-free as of Dec. 17
Franklin County Times - December 8, 2012

While all of our hospital buildings are currently smoke-free, the anticipated change will make the entire campus tobacco-free, both inside and outside. …

MCE to go tobacco-free
Dothan Eagle - November 28, 2012

On Jan. 1, 2013, Medical Center Enterprise will officially become a tobacco-free campus, which includes a ban on e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.

PVH tobacco-free policy takes effect
Point Pleasant Register (WV) - November 15, 2012

POINT PLEASANT — In conjunction wwith the Great American Smokeout Day, Pleasant Valley Hospital (PVH) and all of its respective campuses have ...

Valley View going smoke-free Thursday
Mohave Valley News (AZ) - November 14, 2012

FORT MOHAVE — Valley View Medical Center becomes Mohave County's third tobacco-free hospital on Thursday, the date of the annual Great American ...

One in five smokers lights up while hospitalized
Chicago Tribune - November 6, 2012

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The number of smokers lighting up on hospital grounds has fallen about seven percentage points since 1995, according to a new study. …

Woman battling cancer wants smoking ban enforced
WOWK - November 6, 2012

… But her husband Terry says despite a smoking ban on the hospital campus they have to walk through a cloud of cigarette smoke every time she goes in or out of the hospital. "This is something that is really unacceptable and something really needs to be done," Terry White said. "If the chemotherapy is working I don't want this to cause her any more problems, any lung problems." …

PVH going tobacco free Nov. 15
Point Pleasant Register - October 17, 2012

POINT PLEASANT ­ Pleasant Valley Hospital, and all its properties, will be going tobacco free on Thursday, Nov. 15 ­ the Great American Smokeout day. …

Kudos to new smoke-free campus at TMC
Choteau Acantha (MT) - October 10, 2012

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 ...

Altoona Regional to Adopt Tobacco-free Policy
GantDaily.com (Clearfield, PA) - Oct 8, 2012

The Altoona Regional Health System Board of Directors has approved a tobacco free policy that will take effect Jan. 1.

Cabell Huntington, Marshall Health to go tobacco-free Nov. 15
State Journal - October 4, 2012

Cabell Huntington Hospital, Marshall Health and the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center have partnered to create a tobacco-free campus beginning Nov. 15. On that date, the use of all tobacco products will be prohibited. …

TMC going tobacco-free
Choteau Acantha - October 3, 2012

On Oct. 10 Teton Medical Center will be the 45th hospital to implement a tobacco-free campus. Tobacco use will be prohibited indoors and outdoors on all TMC ...

RiverStone Health is Tobacco Free
KULR-TV - October 2, 2012

BILLINGS - RiverStone Health went tobacco-free Monday, making it the 48th medical or healthcare organization in Montana to implement the policy. ...

Bay Pines VA tightens tobacco rules
Tampa Bay Newspapers - October 1, 2012

In support of the organization’s commitment to Be Tobacco Free, the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System tightened tobacco use restrictions Oct. 1 at the main Bay Pines VA Medical Center (VAMC) campus in St. Petersburg and at all of the system’s outpatient clinic locations. …

NE Ohio Medical University bans tobacco
Canton Repository - October 1, 2012

The Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) governing board on Friday approved a campus-wide, tobacco-free policy, effective Nov. 1. The decision follows the Ohio Board of Regents recommendation for all Ohio's public institutions of higher education to establish tobacco-free campuses. …

SMH campus going tobacco-free
Tidewater News - September 29, 2012

...A registered nurse at Southampton Memorial Hospital, Rickmond will have to leave the grounds to smoke when the hospital campus goes tobacco-free on Nov. 8. … The study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute ranked Franklin 127th out of 131 cities and counties in health outcomes. The results were attributed to high unemployment and poverty rates. …

Health briefs
Southeast Missourian - September 17, 2012

MISSOURI DELTA GOES SMOKE-FREE
Missouri Delta Medical Center is now smoke-free inside and out, the Sikeston Standard Democrat reported. According to Jason Schrumpf, president and CEO, ...

Arcadia's Methodist Hospital campus to go tobacco-free next year
San Gabriel Valley Tribune - August 27, 2012

Methodist Hospital of Southern California will join other hospitals across the San Gabriel Valley when it implements a new tobacco-free policy on its entire campus starting Jan. 1. …

Congratulations to Lady of the Sea
Houma Courier - August 23, 2012

The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living would like to congratulate Lady of the Sea General Hospital for implementing a 100 percent tobacco-free ...

Letter: Lady of the Sea applauded for going tobacco-free
Tri Parish Times - August 23, 2012

While the hospital must comply with The Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act by maintaining smoke-free indoor facilities, hospital leaders decided to go above and ...

Johnson Memorial Medical Center to impose smoke-free ban on ...
Journal Inquirer - August 17, 2012

To promote a healthier environment for employees, patients, and the community, Johnson Memorial Medical Center campuses in Stafford and Enfield will ...

VALLEY VIEW GOING SMOKE, TOBACCO-FREE
The Cerbat Gem - Aug 16, 2012

MOHAVE, AZ - Valley View Medical Center will be tobacco-free beginning November 15, the date of the Great American Smoke-Out. With a 90 day countdown, ...

TRMC goes tobacco-free as part of wellness effort
Troy (AL) Messenger - Aug 11, 2012

A health and wellness initiative under way at Troy Regional Medical Center continues this week as the campus goes tobacco-free.

Chambers Health goes tobacco free
Anahuac Progress – August 1, 2012

Starting September 1, 2012, smoking and the use of tobacco products will no longer be permitted at any of the Chambers Health facilities, or its grounds. …

Medical center takes healthy step
Catalina Island News (CA) June 14, 2012

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 ...

Medical center goes tobacco-free on Lewiston campuses ($$)
Lewiston Morning Tribune (subscription) - June 1, 2012

Tobacco-dependent patients, employees and visitors to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center will be given free gum, mints, toothpicks and stress balls as the ...

TMH tobacco-free policy revised
Craig Daily Press - June 1, 2012

A policy that prohibits smoking on The Memorial Hospital grounds is still set to go into effect next month, but with a few changes. …

Smoking banned at Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
Buffalo Business First - May 31, 2012

Already, many of the major institutions on the medical campus are tobacco-free, including Kaleida Health Kaleida Health Latest from The Business Journals ...

SMMC receives top tobacco-free award
KeepMEcurrent.com - April 2, 2012

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 ...

Hospital to prohibit all tobacco usage
Martinsville (VA) Bulletin - March 22, 2012

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 ...

Huntsville Hospital is going smoke-free in 2013
al.com (blog) - March 16, 2012

By Chris Welch, The Huntsville Times HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital will also be smoke-free and the new Madison Hospital opened as a smoke-free ...

California Assembly votes to outlaw smoking on hospital campuses
Los Angeles Times - January 31, 2012

Many hospitals, they said, have already voluntarily banned smoking. ... "You want to ban smoking outside," he said. "The last thing California needs is ...

Lawmakers Advance Bills on Physical Therapy, Hospital Smoking Ban
California Healthline - January 31, 2012

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 ...

Riverside Shore locations go smoke-free
Delmarva Now (VA) - Dec 28, 2011

In the years since, hospitals all around the country have extended the tobacco ban to their outdoor property as well. "The wellbeing of our patients, ...

Ore. curbs smoking among substance abusers
UPI, 2011-12-26

The state of Oregon is fighting tobacco use among people with mental illness and substance abuse disorders, officials say. ...

Gardner hospital stamps out smoking in quiet zone
Board of Health willing to use its authority to create rule
Worcester (MA) Telegram & Gazette, 2011-12-23
George Barnes TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF

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. ...

Southcoast Health System to go 100% smoke and tobacco free on January 1
New Bedford (MA) Standard-Times, 2011-12-22

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. ...

Cambridge Health Alliance to go tobacco-free
The Boston Globe - December 13, 2011

Apparently the effort by Boston hospitals to make their campuses smoke-free is contagious. Cambridge Health Alliance announced that it ...

Winchester Hospital pledges to go 'smoke-free'
Wicked Local - November 3, 2011

Woburn, MA -- Winchester Hospital takes its responsibility as stewards of the community’s health seriously. Consistent with this mission, the hospital’s board of directors recently voted to join the Massachusetts Hospital Association campaign “Healing Inside and Out ­ Massachusetts Tobacco-Free Hospitals.” This initiative challenges all hospitals in the commonwealth to become tobacco-free. ...

S. Utah health facilities are going tobacco-free
St. George Daily Spectrum - Jul 4, 2011

If you've visited a hospital in Southern Utah recently, you've probably seen the signs: all facilities in Intermountain's southwest region are going tobacco-free today. The initiative includes all forms of tobacco and is in effect in all Intermountain ...

Hospital going smoke-free
RWJUH goes smoke-free beginning Monday
MyCentralJersey.com (Bridgewater Courier News/East Brunswick Home News Tribune), 2011-07-03
Written by * Staff Report

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 said. ...

All Wabash General Hospital campus sites will become tobacco-free June 1
Princeton Daily Clarion - April 29, 2011

Effective Wednesday, June 1, all Wabash General Hospital campus locations will become tobacco free. The WGH Board of Directors, the medical staff and administrative staff agreed that it was time to do as other area hospitals have done and make the ...

Keeping Your Hospital Property Smoke-Free (PDF)
Joint Commission, April 14, 2011

Many hospitals recognize the value in projecting a healthy image in their community, and adopting a tobacco-free or smoke-free hospital campus policy is one way to demonstrate this commitment to health …

Henry Ford Health System Co-Authors How-to Manual for Going Smoke Free on Hospital Campuses
Newswise (press release) - April 13, 2011

“Keeping up the momentum of a smoking ban or tobacco use ban on all your hospital properties outdoors may seem intimidating at first,” says Holm, project manager for CHPDP. “The strategies, recommendations and resources offered in this manual go a long ...

Court Upholds Smoking Ban at Pennsylvania's ACMH Hospital
Becker's Hospital Review - Leigh Page - March 15, 2011

A federal appeals panel has upheld a smoking ban at 139-bed ACMH Hospital in Kittanning, Pa., disagreeing with an arbitrator's decision striking down the ban, according to a report by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. United Steelworkers Local 158-06, ...

Mass. hospitals hope to go tobacco-free in 2011
Associated Press (AP), 2011-01-01
Associated Press

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. ...

Tampa Bay hospitals ring in the new year by going tobacco-free
St. Petersburg (FL) Times, 2011-01-01
Letitia Stein, Times staff writer

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. ...

Tobacco butting out of hospital grounds
Tobacco is being snuffed out completely at the hospital and a couple of nursing homes in the area.
Alexandria (MN) Echo Press, 2010-10-22

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. ...

Sebastian River Medical Center plans smoke-free facilities Nov. 1
TCPalm - October 19, 2010

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 hospital’s 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 facility’s mission. ...

Walla Walla hospitals ban smoking
KNDO/KNDU - October 19, 2010

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 ...

Smoking around hospitals gets smoked
City Council approves permanent ban on smoking around hospitals
Denver (CO) Daily News, 2010-10-19
Peter Marcus, DDN Staff Writer

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. ...

Hurley Medical Center proposes smoking ban for hospital campus; adjacent public streets
The Flint Journal - MLive.com - August 19, 2010

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 ...

Hospital announces complete smoking ban
Worcester Telegram - August 11, 2010

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. ...

Anderson City Council to tackle smoking proposal, city budget
Anderson (SC) Independent-Mail, 2010-06-27
Mike Ellis * Anderson Independent Mail

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. ...

Judge says ACMH Hospital can ban smoking
Leader Times - May 7, 2010

It filed a grievance after a smoking ban was implemented on Jan. 1, 2009. An arbitrator ruled the ban was unreasonable because employees were used to having ...

Covenant campuses now smoke-free
The Bay City Times - MLive.com - Deborah Brown - May 3, 2010

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." ...

Worcester looks to toughen smoking rules
Boston Herald - May 3, 2010

Most health care facilities in the city have already adopted smoke-free campus policies in recent years. O'Brien says studies have shown that a 25-foot zone ... He added it also is supported by the Americans for Non-Smokers Rights. …

Hospitals Team Up to Create Smoke Free Campuses
KELA - March 23, 2010

( 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. ...

E.A. Conway campus to become smoke free on June 1
Monroe News Star - Mar 15, 2010

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. ...

Hospital gets smoking ban on Newell road
Bristol Press - Steve Collins - February 9, 2010

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. ...

Delray Medical Center bans smoking on grounds
Sun-Sentinel - Erika Pesantes - February 4, 2010

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. ...

Five hospitals to become tobacco-free workplaces in Jan. 2011
Knoxville (TN) News-Sentinel, 2010-01-28
Kristi L. Nelson

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. ...

Boca Raton Community Hospital to ban smoking
Sun-Sentinel - Brian Haas - January 27, 2010

Boca Raton Community Hospital will enact a smoking ban on its campus beginning in February. ...

Hospital's no-smoke plan wins
Winston-Salem Journal - Richard Craver - January 27, 2010

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. ...

Norwalk Hospital gets the gold
Connectcut Plus - January 26, 2010

...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. ...

Missouri hospitals lead the way on smoking bans
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Blythe Bernhard - December 10, 2009

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. ...

Bristol Hospital wants city to declare Newell Road smoke free
Bristol Press - Steve Collins - December 8, 2009

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 city’s new ordinance, which hasn’t been used yet, allows it to designate public streets and sidewalks as no-smoking zones, except where state law dictates otherwise. ...

Syracuse hospital exteriors appear smoke free during the first hours of ban
The Post-Standard - Syracuse.com - Charley Hannagan - November 19, 2009

Syracuse, NY -- It appears as if Onondaga County’s 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. ...

Marion hospitals begin ban of tobacco on campuses
Ocala - Jackie Alexander - November 19, 2009

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. ...

Westfield Memorial Hospital becomes a tobacco-free campus
Evening Observer - Alexander Gerould - November 19, 2009

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. ...

No sanctuaries left for smokers at two Marin hospitals
Contra Costa Times - Richard Halstead - November 19, 2009

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 their campuses.
It has been years since anyone was allowed to smoke inside either Novato Community Hospital or Kentfield Rehabilitation and Specialty Hospital. Beginning Thursday, those two hospitals will begin enforcing a campus-wide ban on smoking that will include property inside and outside buildings, including parking lots and vehicles in parking lots. State law banned smoking from all workplaces in 1995.

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." ...

Local hospitals ban smoking campuswide
Richmond Times Dispatch - Alexa Welch Edlund - November 19, 2009

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. ...

Clara Maass Medical Center to Become a Smoke-Free Campus Celebrating the Great ...
TheAlternativePress.com - Clara Maass - November 18, 2009

To mark this year’s 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 CMMC’s 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. ...

Florida Hospital deland to go tobacco-free
Bizjournals.com - November 9, 2009

Florida Hospital DeLand’s 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. ...

Smoke-free zone encircles hospital
New Haven (CT) Register - November 7, 2009

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. ...

Hospital grounds go tobacco free Nov. 19
Frankfort (KY) State Journal, 2009-11-05

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:

Arbitrator rules acmh's smoking ban unreasonable
Leader Times - Mitch Fryer - October 29, 2009

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." ...

ECM to allow smokers to use park
Times Daily - Russ Corey - October 29, 2009

FLORENCE - After banning smokers from their property, Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital has agreed to allow smokers to use the park across the street from the emergency room entrance as a designated smoking area, ending an issue that led one nearby resident to consider selling her home.

ECM Administrator Jody Pigg said the decision was made out of consideration for the hospital’s 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 city’s new smoking ordinance. ...

Smokers Sound Off On Tobacco Ban At Andrews Hospital
NewsWest9.com - Wyatt Goolsby - October 15, 2009

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." ...

3 local hospitals unite on going tobacco-free
Williamson Daily News - Loretta Tackett - October 15, 2009

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. ...

Calhoun Health Services Going Tobacco-Free
Calhoun County Journal - September 2, 2009

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.

“We’ve never allowed smoking inside the building, so all we’re 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. ...

Helena hospital goes smokefree
ABCMontana - September 1, 2009

HELENA - St. Peter's Hospital in Helena has joined other hospitals in the state in banning tobacco use. The ban went into effect Tuesday.
For about the last three years, St. Peter's allowed smoking in a designated building near the emergency room entrance. That building will be removed ...

New law would clear the air outside hospitals
The Post-Standard - Syracuse.com - Tim Knauss - September 1, 2009

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. ...

Hospitals’ smoking areas to disappear
Manatee's three -- Manatee Memorial, Blake, LWR -- to snuff outside smoking
Bradenton (FL) Herald, 2009-08-29
TIMOTHY R. WOLFRUM

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. ...

Monongalia County Healthcare Provides go Tobacco-Free
WBOY-TV (Clarksburg, WV), 2009-08-29
Story by Karen Kiley

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. ...

South Shore Hospital going tobacco-free
The Patriot Ledger - John P. Kelly - August 26, 2009

... the doors on less palliative zones: smoking areas. The Weymouth hospital said it will ban tobacco use across its entire campus beginning Tuesday. ...

Non-smoking campus coming soon to Biggs-Gridley Hospital
Gridley Herald - Lisa Van De Hey - August 26, 2009

Also, citing a community health issue, the Butte County Fairgrounds has announced a smoke-free environment effective this year. The one temporary designated ...

Majority of US hospitals will have smoke-free campuses by end of year
Non-profit hospitals more likely to have smoke-free campuses than for-profit entities
EurekAlert (press release) - Prabhu Ponkshe - August 20, 2009

WASHINGTON DC, Aug. 20, 2009—While 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.

All N.C. hospitals shun tobacco usage to protect patients
News 14 Carolina (Raleigh, NC), 2009-07-06
Gavin MacRoberts

FAYETTEVILLE – Starting Monday, all hospitals in North Carolina are tobacco free. It’s 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. ...

List of North Carolina tobacco-free facilities

WMC bans smoking on campus
Casper (WY) Star-Tribune, 2009-03-19

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.

HEALTH: Kaleida Health sites to go smoke-free as of July 1
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal - March 19, 2009

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 Women’s and Children’s 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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