Our Lady of the Lake recommits to a Smoke-Free Campus on World No Tobacco Day 10/21/2013
In observance of ‘World No Tobacco’ Day, Friday, May 31, Our Lady of the Lake is renewing its commitment as a tobacco-free campus and strengthening the current policy that smoking and tobacco products are prohibited on all property, including sidewalks and parking areas, to promote good health and a healing environment. Our Lady of the Lake has been a smoke-free, tobacco-free campus since 2006. Smoking or tobacco use is banned inside the facilities and anywhere on the property grounds including the Regional Medical Center, Livingston campus, physician group locations, outpatient clinics, and College. This tobacco-free zone applies to everyone, including patients, family members of patients and guests, as well as employees, contract labor, vendors, medical staff, and volunteers. Our Lady of the Lake is committed to the good health and safety of the patients, guests, team members and the communities it serves. “As a healthcare organization, we are both an educator and a model for healthy behavior in the community and we recognize that it is our responsibility to hold a commitment to the major health issue of smoking,” said Terrie Sterling, Chief Operating Officer of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. “It is our hope that maintaining a smoke-free campus will lead by example, bring attention to the risks of smoking and discourage this harmful habit.” Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US with 8 million currently living with a smoking-related disease, yet about 43.8 million Americans still smoke cigarettes — nearly 1 in every 5 adults. According to the American Cancer Society, only 20 minutes after ceasing tobacco use, heart rate and blood pressure improve. Twelve hours after ceasing tobacco use, the carbon monoxide levels in blood drop to normal. “As providers, we see firsthand the devastating effects of tobacco – from cancer and heart disease to asthma and emphysema. Smoking slows the healing of wounds, increases infection rates after surgery and often causes poor birth outcomes,” said Dr. David M. Pope, Chief of Staff, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. Choosing to have a smoke-free campus is about the ill-effects of smoking and not about the individuals who choose to smoke. Our Lady of the Lake offers several resources available to help smokers be successful in their efforts to quit, including Geaux Free tobacco cessation counseling services at no cost sponsored by Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center.
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