CATSKILL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER’S TOBACCO FREE POLICY TO TAKE EFFECT ON 4TH OF JULY – 06/01/2009
NEW POLICY TO MARK CRMC’S INDEPENDENCE FROM THE NEGATIVE IMPACTS OF TOBACCO USE
May 29, 2009 – Harris, N.Y. – Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC), Sullivan County’s premier provider of health care services, would like to remind the staff and local community that it will become tobacco free this Independence Day, July 4, 2009. The new policy will prohibit the use of all tobacco products by patients, medical staff, employees and visitors on all of CRMC’s campuses.
The healthy initiative, titled Let’s Clear the Air, is part of CRMC’s commitment to promoting the health and well-being of everyone in the community. The new guidelines mean that smoking or chewing tobacco will not be permitted on all property owned or leased by CRMC. This will include, but is not limited to, inside and outside all buildings, parking lots (including vehicles), the Grover M. Hermann campus and all CRMC physician offices.
Following the announcement of the new policy earlier this year, CRMC, in cooperation with the American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smoking Program, began conducting Smoking Cessation Classes for its employees.
The American Lung Association reports that every year in the U.S. over 392,000 people die from tobacco-caused disease. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and it’s estimated 50,000 people will die from exposure to secondhand smoke in 2009.
The Sullivan County Tobacco Free Coalition offers smoking cessation programs and tobacco free education to all Sullivan County residents. For more information, please call (845)794-8080, ext. 126. Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is also available to everyone through the New York State Smokers Quitline at www.nysmokefree.com or by calling 1-866-NYQUITS (1-866-697-8487).