August 28, 2009

More hospitals going smoke-free

By Kelley Luckstein

Nearly half of the nation's hospitals have adopted smoke-free campus policies, according to a new study by the Substance Abuse Policy Research Program.

Jacksonville was among the early adapters to this long-overdue change in policy among providers, recognizing that cigarettes have no place in a health care setting. That means no smoking areas on hospital-owned property, no smoking in the parking lot, no smoking in cars — no smoking, period. You can occasionally still spot patients and staff standing on the edges of hospital property puffing one down, but there are at least fewer gown-clad patients standing right outside the front entry doors, smoking with one hand and grasping their IV stand with the other.

Jacksonville's hospitals pulled off an impressive feat of collectively implementing this policy simultaneously, although the Mayo Clinic and St. Vincent's had previously been smoke-free. Jacksonville-based Solantic Walk-in Urgent Care has even gone a step further, and won't hire smokers at all.


Jacksonville Business Journal by Kimberly Morrison, 08/27/2009

Tags: Mayo Clinic Jacksonville

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