Jasper, Ga. (November 1, 2013) – Piedmont Mountainside Hospital soon will be a tobacco and smoke-free campus. Piedmont Mountainside's smoke-free policy will be expanded as of January 1, 2014, making the use of any tobacco products outside on hospital grounds prohibited.
“Years of research have shown us how dangerous the effects of smoking are to one’s health,” said Folsom Proctor, M.D., chief medical officer of Piedmont Mountainside. “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.”
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. Yet about 43.8 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, according to the American Cancer Society - that’s nearly one in every five adults.
Piedmont Mountainside’s new policy, which applies to all employees, physicians, patients, visitors, volunteers, contractors and vendors, is an expansion of the existing policy which prohibits the use of tobacco in all buildings. Under the new policy, smoking will be prohibited near all entrances and on hospital walkways, grounds, parking lots and in any vehicles parked on Piedmont Mountainside 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. Proctor. “But, for the health and safety of our patients and employees we can no longer allow tobacco use on our campus.”
To learn more about how to quit smoking, visit cancer.org/greatamericansmokeout.