West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Announces Tobacco-Free Campus Policy
West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) has adopted a 100% tobacco-free campus policy that will become effective June 1, 2015. As of this date, patients, staff and visitors will no longer be allowed to use tobacco products of any type, including smokeless and tobacco products, on any part of the hospital campus. The policy includes parking lots, sidewalks, lawn areas and all hospital-owned properties.
According to the 2010 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, there is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke. Adopting a 100% tobacco-free campus wide policy not only eliminates secondhand smoke exposure for patients, staff and visitors, but also demonstrates our commitment as a community leader in protecting the health of the public.
“As a leading healthcare facility, West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital is proud to be a health and wellness role model for our community, so it’s important for us to set an example by helping reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke,” said Janie Fruge’, CEO of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. WCCH is committed to providing exceptional patient care and is working closely with the nursing and medical staff members to develop coping strategies and nicotine replacement strategies for patients and also those patients interested in smoking cessation.
For more information and resources on smoking cessation please visit www.quitwithusla.org or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.