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HMH campus going tobacco-free Tuesday

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By The Staff

With good health being its central focus, Harrison Memorial Hospital is making some changes to aid in that pursuit.

Starting on Tuesday, the hospital's entire campus - building and grounds - will go tobacco-free.

The policy includes cigarettes, cigars, pipes and smokeless tobacco products.

The hospital announced plans to go smoke-free a year ago, and recently signage has popped up reminding people of the impending change.

HMH has been smoke-free for employees since May 1. Root said this has had an added benefit.

"A couple of years ago, maybe 30 percent of our employees used tobacco products," he said. "When we went tobacco-free... we're now down to about 10 percent.

"That's a fairly significant decrease and I think it's a testimonial, if you will, to our commitment to promote good health."

On July 1, the new policy will extend to include everybody: employees, patients and visitors.

"I anticipate we will be successful," said Root.

For employees, HMH provided several methods for smoking cessation and Root said HMH has programs available for the general public as well.

Information on the free classes, based on the Cooper-Clayton method, is available by calling 234-3560.