FCH & LTC will become tobacco-free Nov. 20

Fayette County Hospital & Long Term Care announced this week that on Nov. 20, the date of this year’s Great American Smoke Out, it will transition to a 100-percent tobacco-free campus.
“As everyone knows, tobacco use is a leading cause of preventable death and disease in this country.
We are a healthcare institution, and our job is to save lives and prevent disease, so to become 100-percent tobacco-free not only makes sense, but it is the responsible thing to do for our community,” said Greg Starnes, CEO.
“Frankly, I am not aware of any other hospital that has not already become tobacco-free, and I expect that our new policy will not come as a surprise to anyone.”
When the tobacco-free campus goes into effect on Nov. 20, no smoking or tobacco use will be allowed in or on any of the hospital owned properties, including the parking lots and grounds.
Patients will not be allowed to leave the hospital to smoke or use tobacco at any time.
“As our first priority, patients will be provided resources, information, and treatment to make them as comfortable as possible before, during, and after their time at our hospital,” said Dr. Brian Dossett, hospitalist.
Starnes said, “No one, including patients, visitors or employees will be asked to quit using tobacco, but for the comfort and safety of all, every person is expected to follow the new policy.”
Fayette County Hospital & Long Term Care is aware that it may be difficult for some individuals to adjust to this new tobacco-free policy, Starnes said.
However, as a healthcare organization, its responsibilities include promoting a culture of healthy living for all who live and work in the area and who enter the doors of facilities for care, he said.

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