SMC Announces Tobacco Free Facilities

Arlington, January 1, 2010 – Sibley Medical Center joins other hospitals in the state in declaring its facilities smoke- and tobacco-free starting January 1, 2011. Although the buildings have been smoke-free, the hospital has permitted smoking in designated areas outside the facilities. These smoking areas will be eliminated as of January 1, 2011.nosmoke (87K)

While we recognize that this policy may cause some discomfort for our patients, visitors, employees and physicians, we believe that as a health care facility we must promote healthy practices. Smoking is a known cause of cancer and a host of other illnesses, both for those who smoke and those who breathe second-hand smoke.

As a health care provider, being a model of good health and wellness practices is primary. By making our campuses smoke- and tobacco-free, we actively support quitting and encourage healthy behavior. We care about our employees, patients, visitors and volunteers, and are committed to excellence in health care, which is our greatest motivation with this new initiative.

The new policy at Sibley Medical Center covers all hospital-owned campuses and the grounds, including campus parking lots.

We will continue to offer smoking cessation programs to help employees and the community, who may want to use this as an opportunity to quit or reduce tobacco use.