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In order to provide a healthy, productive and safe environment for all, Lincoln County Health System will be implementing a campus-wide smoke-free policy beginning November 15, 2012, also observed as the National Great American Smokeout Day.

“Currently all of our campuses abide by a smoke-free policy within each building, states Mary Beth Seals, Director of Marketing/Community Relations.

“This extension to our policy means that any use of tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, pipe smoking and snuff, will be prohibited by all employees, physicians, board members, visitors, patients, volunteers, vendors and medical staff on any property owned and/or leased by each institution,” Seals continues. This also applies to smoking in personal vehicles on the property, as well as in garages, on hospital walkways and all outdoor venues. Sidewalks adjacent to hospital campuses are also tobacco-free zones.

“The decision to eliminate the use of tobacco is intended to establish an example of wellness and disease prevention. This policy will become effective November 15th in recognition of The American Cancer Society’s 37th annual Great American Smokeout. The Great American Smokeout was created to encourage smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk. Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US. We appreciate the support and cooperation of everyone and we ask for your help in moving our effort forward.”

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