Tobacco Free Campus Policy

As you know, Highland District Hospital's mission is to promote the health and wellness of our staff, the community, and the people we care for. As a healthcare institution it is essential for Highland District Hospital to not only treat disease, but to help prevent it as well. Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States for both men and women. Additionally, patients who smoke regularly before surgery have twice the risk of wound infection, smoking retards wound healing, a smoker's bones take nearly twice as long to heal as a non-smoker's, and secondhand smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals of which 50 are known carcinogens. Due to these reasons, Highland District Hospital is a tobacco-free campus.

What does the tobacco-free campus mean for patients?
Patients will not be allowed to use tobacco products anywhere on Highland District Hospital's grounds, property and parking areas. (Tobacco products include, but are not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes and chewing tobacco.)

What does this mean for hospital visitors, vendors and staff?
Visitors, vendors and hospital staff must leave hospital property to use tobacco products. Because Highland District Hospital strives to be a good neighbor to nearby residents and businesses, we strongly discourage tobacco users from going to surrounding neighborhoods to smoke.

Can a person smoke in his/her car?
Smoking is not permitted in the parking lots of Highland District Hospital's campus.

What help is available to patients who use tobacco?
Patients are encouraged to talk with their healthcare provider, as nicotine replacement therapy may be an option to ease withdrawal symptoms.

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