Tobacco Smoking Ends at Hospitals

Hospitals decided to improve their air by banning smoking on their territories. For example, the New River Valley’s hospitals hoping to improve local health and limit health-care costs decided to join together and started to do businesses that limit tobacco use.

Montgomery Regional Hospital

The representatives of HCA and Carilion announced that their hospitals, physician practices and outpatient centers throughout the New River Valley would go tobacco-free January 1st for employees and guests too.
Those opportunities include Carilion New River Valley Medical Center near Radford, HCA’s Montgomery Regional Hospital in Blacksburg and Pulaski Community Hospital in Pulaski.

In the spring when Carilion Giles Community Hospital opens will be tobacco-free.

At present, employees and visitors must go out for to use tobacco products. And officials think that on January 1st, tobacco use will be discouraged inside and outside the hospitals.

The heads of three hospitals appeared at the New River Valley Mall for to debate the initiative that they hope will save and protect lives and cut down health-care costs.

World Health Organization declared that almost one in five U.S. deaths each year is because of tobacco use.
“Approximately $150 billion is wasted each year in health care for smokers and about 25 of all health-care costs are spent treating modifiable health risks,” said Jim Thweatt, temporary chief executive officer at Pulaski Community.

All three hospital chiefs said lessons were learned over the past two years from a similar joint effort in Roanoke.

People come to hospitals for to get well. That’s why smoking should be prohibited in all hospitals, explained Scott Hill, CEO of Montgomery Regional.

In July 2007, the two companies’ facilities in the Roanoke Valley went tobacco-free. To other hospitals employees were given a year’s warning of the decision for to give them time to seek smoking-cessation programs.

Scientists reported that now only about 50 percent of hospitals are tobacco-free. But by the year-end they hope that will be 70 percent in Virginia.

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