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Hospital snuffs out smoking

Tobacco banned at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial

Posted: September 15, 2009 10:49 p.m.
Updated: September 16, 2009 8:00 a.m.
 
Smokers at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital will have to take a hike if they want to light up.

Effective Sept. 8 the Valencia hospital banned smoking anywhere on the 35-acre campus.

The tobacco-free policy applies to the hospital and its exterior grounds including sidewalks and parking areas, the ambulatory care center, the hospital foundation building and medical office buildings.

Employees, physicians and staff), patients, visitors and volunteers are not permitted to smoke anywhere on Newhall Memorial’s campus.

Hospital officials have yet to receive any negative response to the smoking ban, Newhall Memorial spokeswoman Laura Young said.
“Most everyone is supportive,” she said.

The hospital has not only banned smoking, but is promoting quitting altogether.

Doctors can order nicotine patches for patients who smoke, and Newhall Memorial is offering employees free enrollment in the hospital’s smoking cessation program.

“As a health care organization, it’s time for us to take a stand for the health of our community,” hospital CEO Roger Seaver said in a statement.

By comparison, the campuses of the three Providence Holy Cross hospitals in the San Fernando Valley have designated smoking areas, Providence spokeswoman Patricia Aidem said.

Officials at each of the hospitals have discussed the idea of total ban, she said, and added: “It might be a slow move.

“Over the years we’ve had smaller and smaller areas (for smoking).”

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