As of May 1, 2008, smoking and the use of tobacco products will not be permitted anywhere on the Butler Hospital campus.
To assist patients and employees who smoke, the hospital will offer a range of educational information, smoking cessation programs, and other support, including nicotine replacement products to staff and patients.
Smoking is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths in the United States. It harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases and reducing the health of smokers in general. Nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke absorb nicotine and other toxic chemicals just as smokers do.
As a major health care provider, Butler Hospital has a responsibility to its employees and patients to make the hospital free from barriers to good health. With this in mind, Butler Hospital is taking a leadership role by eliminating the health risks linked with smoking for patients, employees and visitors to the campus.
The hospital has also provided a smoke-free hotline and e-mail address to encourage people to ask questions or offer suggestions about the new smoke- and tobacco-free policy. You may call the hotline at 401-455-6554 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.