Hospital going tobacco-free

Delhi Hospital and Rural Health Clinic is excited to implement a tobacco free workplace as part of a comprehensive employee health promotion program.

“Similar programs have resulted in a reduction in the number of employees who smoke, and among those who continue to smoke, reduces daily cigarette consumption. We also feel this will provide image enhancement to our patients, and possibly further patient desire for tobacco cessation.” states hospital administration.

The program will consist of:

• A month-by-month calendar outlining every stage of going tobacco free, from informing the board of directors to posting signage.

• Employee surveys to gauge the number of hospital employees who would need help with cessation.

• A patient consent form that insures that all visitors to the hospital are accommodating with the hospital’s new tobacco policy.

• Information cards that can be passed out to both employees and patients with information about cessation services provided by the state.

The targeting of rural hospitals by Project H.E.A.L. is part of the LTCP’s ongoing commitment as part of the Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health to help prevent new tobacco habits from forming, help current smokers with cessation and to eliminate second-hand smoke exposure and disparities among tobacco users in Louisiana.

For more information about Project H.E.A.L., contact Jeremy Bridges, Public Information Officer for the LTCP. At 225-342-2654 or email at jbridge1@dhh.la.gov.

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