Iberia Medical Center: Tobacco-Free Effective January 1, 2015

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Iberia Medical Center: Tobacco-Free Effective January 1, 2015 - Monday, December 29, 2014

On Monday, December 29th, Iberia Medical Center celebrates its new beginning as a tobacco-free campus.  Employees and friends of IMC will begin the celebration at 4pm in front of the Emergency Room where a ceremonial demolition of the ER smoking area will be held, followed by a balloon release and a hot air balloon on site (weather permitting). The community is invited to share in the excitement of IMC becoming smoke-free, celebrating at the pavilion by the bayou for cake and hot chocolate.  The event will be staged in the IMC Board Room if the weather turns wet or windy.

   Iberia Medical Center has adopted a 100% tobacco-free campus policy that will become effective January 1, 2015.  Iberia Medical Center wants to provide for the public a tobacco-free campus that promotes a positive, healthy environment in which to receive medical care and that supports a culture of wellness.  The policy prohibits the use of all tobacco products of any kind, as well as e-cigarettes and vapor devices, on hospital property, leased or owned.  This includes hospital grounds, outpatient facilities, business entities of the hospital, parking lots, vehicles parked on hospital grounds, sidewalks adjacent to hospital property and all hospital-owned vehicles.

   The policy addresses the facilityís concern for both smokers and non-smokers.  Working toward a tobacco-free campus, Iberia Medical Center will support employees who are smokers or tobacco users with cessation assistance, providing a program endorsed by the American Lung Association (ALA).  A tobacco-free campus will protect non-smokers, including children, from exposure to the inherently dangerous behaviors of tobacco use near non-tobacco users, and reduce the related litter and pollution on the hospital grounds.

   "As a leading healthcare facility, Iberia Medical Center should be a health and wellness role model for our community, so itís important for us to set an example by helping to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, " said Parker Templeton, President /CEO.  IMCís decision to make its campus tobacco-free affirms its mission to improve the health and quality of life in our community.  According to the 2010 U.S. Surgeon Generalís Report, there is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke.  Adopting a 100% tobacco-free campus-wide policy not only eliminates secondhand smoke exposure for patients, staff and visitors, but also demonstrates Iberia Medical Centerís commitment as a community leader in protecting the health of the public.


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