Fayetteville, Ga. (April 9, 2012) – Piedmont Fayette Hospital will soon be a tobacco and smoke-free campus. As of May 21, the use of any tobacco products inside or outside the hospital facility will be prohibited.
“Years of research have shown us how dangerous the effects of smoking are to one’s health,” said Fred Willms, M.D., vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer at Piedmont Fayette Hospital. “As a community hospital, it is our job not only to restore the health of patients who come to us for help but to protect them from things that are harmful to their health like secondhand smoke.”
The new policy, which applies to all employees, physicians, patients, visitors, volunteers, contractors and vendors, will put a stop to the use of tobacco in all buildings, entrances, walkways, grounds, parking lots and in any vehicles parked on Piedmont Fayette Hospital property.
“We certainly recognize that people have the right to choose to continue smoking, despite all the health risks the habit poses to one’s health,” said Dr. Willms. “We just ask they not smoke while on our campus. If they’re interested in breaking the habit, to check out our Freedom from Smoking classes to help them quit.”
Piedmont Fayette Hospital’s Freedom from Smoking program is a series of seven or eight 90-minute sessions that help participants stop smoking. The program, which is free for employees and $25 for community members, begins again on April 17. For more information or to register, call 770-719-6258 or visit piedmontfayette.org.