Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton has announced plans to become a totally smoke free campus starting Friday, November 17, 2017.
Under the revised policy, smoking cigarettes, the use of tobacco products (including chewing tobacco and “snuff”), e-cigarettes or “vapes” and medical marijuana will not be allowed on the hospital’s property, including all buildings, grounds, parking lots and parking deck.
This ban also includes the Lintz Medical Office Building, which is located on BID-Milton’s campus.
The revised hospital policy comes in response to numerous studies which clearly highlight the health risk tobacco products and second-hand smoke pose to both users and bystanders.
“As the community’s healthcare leader, BID-Milton has a unique responsibility to provide a clean, safe and healthy environment for our patients, visitors and staff. Smoking is recognized as the leading cause of many serious illnesses and exposure to secondhand smoke is proven to cause heart disease and lung cancer,” said Kathleen Harrington, vice president of human resources for the hospital. “We realize the revised policy may be a challenge for some but ask for understanding and compliance.”
BID-Milton now joins all the affiliated hospitals in the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center network in becoming a smoke free campus. The hospital banned smoking in all areas except for a designated smoking hut located on the first floor of the ED parking deck many years ago. The new policy being implemented on November 17 will ban smoking on the hospital’s property entirely.
The hospital hosts a Nicotine Anonymous support group meeting, open to the public, every Monday evening at 5:30 pm in the OR Conference Room.