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The goal of the Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network is to help Maine hospitals and Medical Centers establish and maintain 100% tobacco-free campuses, provide comprehensive tobacco cessation support, and build tobacco-free communities. A campus wide tobacco-free policy means restricting the use of tobacco on the entire hospital campus including grounds, sidewalks, parking lots, and vehicles. Hospitals are health care leaders in most communities and a tobacco-free policy is part of the mission of providing quality health services and promoting health and wellbeing.
Although there are multiple benefits to hospital tobacco-free policies, protection from secondhand smoke exposure is the most visible. Secondhand smoke is a Group A carcinogen to which “there is no risk-free level of exposure” (U.S. Surgeon General, 2010 report). Existing data proves smoking bans have a positive impact on public health.
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Here you can find information regarding the benefits of a tobacco-free hospital campus. Please let us know if you have recently been featured for your tobacco-free policy!
Thirty-one Hospitals Recognized Through Gold Star Standards of Excellence Recognition Program (Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network, March 2013, Press Release)
An August 2011 perspective piece in the New England Journal of Medicine discusses tobacco treatment and mental illness. "Smoking and Mental Illness - Breaking the Link" by Judith J. Prochaska, Ph.D., MPH
Majority of US hospitals will have smoke-free campuses by end of year, August 2009
According to the Substance Abuse Policy Research Program, over half of all United States hospitals will have smoke-free campuses, both indoors and out, by the end of 2009. Maine received special recognition for being one of the six states with the highest proportion of smoke-free campuses.
Calais Regional Hospital Announces Tobacco Free Policy, August 2008
Calais Regional Hospital has recently announced the implementation of their tobacco-free policy. The policy was adopted in August of 2008, however, CRH took great pains to introduce the policy early to their staff, visitors, and patients before incorporating it fully. Besides wanting to provide a healthy community, CRH also cites financial reasons for implementing the tobacco-free policy. Read more at the above link.