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Hospital campus to become tobacco-free

Oct. 05, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Beginning Thursday, Nov. 15, the campus at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Marshall Health and the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center will become tobacco-free. The use of all tobacco products will be prohibited in an effort to protect the health of staff, patients and visitors, according to a press release issued by the hospital.

The tobacco-free policy includes the hospital and medical center campus, all Marshall Health satellite offices including the Coon Education Building-School of Pharmacy, as well as all outlying Cabell Huntington Hospital Family Medical Centers and medical facilities in Huntington, Kenova and Barboursville.

Although smoking has been banned inside the hospital and medical center for years, designated smoking areas were created in 2011 as the first step of a two-step process to eliminate tobacco use on the campus. On the day of the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 15, those designated areas will be removed and tobacco use will not be allowed anywhere on the hospital and medical center properties.

Cabell Huntington Hospital is offering smoking cessation courses and resources to employees and the community, and hospital visitors will be offered free nicotine replacement gum to curb their craving for tobacco.

For more information, call 304-399-2881.



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