By Sharon Finarelli
Sierra Vista Hospital celebrates the Great American Smokeout by becoming a tobacco-free campus on Thursday, Nov. 20. As a health care organization, Sierra Vista Hospital is committed to the health and safety of our patients, guests, and employees.
Did you know that tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States? And smokers are not the only ones who are affected by their tobacco use. Secondhand smoke is the third leading preventable cause of disability and early death in the U.S. Third-hand smoke (tobacco smoke that remains on clothes, furniture, walls and other surfaces) contains known carcinogens that can be transmitted through skin and is considered a health hazard, especially for infants and children. That’s why Sierra Vista Hospital has partnered with the American Cancer Society and other hospitals and health care systems throughout the country to become a totally tobacco free campus as of Nov. 20.
With a mission to improve the health and well being of the community we serve, we believe that we have a responsibility to take a leadership role on this major health issue, and allowing people to use tobacco products defeats this purpose. Therefore, as of Nov. 20, we prohibit the use of tobacco products and we prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes on hospital grounds. This includes sidewalks, walkways, driveways, and parking areas.
Free resources to help you to quit smoking include www.becomeanEx.org, www.cancer.org, www.lungusa.org, www.cdc.gov/tobacco or by calling the American Cancer Society any time, day or night, at 800-227-2345.