Thursday, November 08, 2012

ONE WEEK UNTIL CABELL HUNTINGTON HOSPITAL AND MARSHALL HEALTH PARTNER TO GO TOBACCO FREE

Staff, patients and visitors will be prohibited from using tobacco on campus beginning November 15

HUNTINGTON, WV – In one week, Cabell Huntington Hospital, Marshall Health and the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center will become tobacco-free and the use of all tobacco products will be prohibited on the Marshall University Health Sciences campus.

 November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month and Nov. 15 is the day of the Great American Smokeout when the Cabell Huntington Hospital and Marshall Health tobacco-free campus policy takes effect.

 To further educate the community about lung health and preventing lung disease, the Center for Lung Health at Cabell Huntington Hospital is hosting a free chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) screening and education event on Nov. 15 to provide screenings and lung health assessments. That event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 This tobacco-free policy includes the hospital and medical center campus, all Marshall Health satellite offices, including the Coon Education Building-School of Pharmacy, as well as all outlying Cabell Huntington Hospital Family Medical Centers and medical facilities in Huntington, Kenova and Barboursville.

 Smoking has been prohibited inside the hospital and medical center for years, but designated smoking areas have been provided. With this final step to create a tobacco-free campus, all designated smoking areas will be removed and tobacco use will not be permitted anywhere on the campus.

 Second-hand smoke is harmful to people who do not smoke and is associated with disability and death. As providers of healthcare services, Cabell Huntington Hospital and Marshall Health want to ensure that patients, visitors, physicians, staff, volunteers and other guests are not exposed to the harmful effects of tobacco use.

 In addition, Cabell Huntington Hospital also will offer smoking cessation courses and resources to employees and the community. For more information about resources available, please call the Center for Lung Health at Cabell Huntington Hospital at 304-399-2881.

 Resources are also available to Marshall Health employees through PEIA.  For more information contact the Division of Occupational Health and Wellness at 304-691-1187.

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