Greene County General Hospital is going smoke-free in November.
Current rules allow people to smoke in the hospital’s designated picnic area and parking lots. Next month, smoking will be banned everywhere on campus.
Chief Nursing Officer Lea Ann Camp says the hospital is committed to creating a healthy, safe environment and promoting quality health care.
“[Creating the ban] was to step up to the plate I guess if you will with the other facilities across the state in Indiana,” she says.
Camp says Greene County General Hospital is one of the last to prohibit smoking. This means no cigars, pipes or cigarettes are permitted. However, because it is not a tobacco free campus people are still allowed to use chewing tobacco.
“It’s the smoke that harms other people,” Camp says. “If a person is chewing, you being in contact with that person is not going to harm you. But you breathing the second hand smoke is the problem if you are smoking.”
Greene County General Hospital is not currently considering a tobacco free policy. To meet the new smoking policy, the hospital is offering cessation classes to staff and community residents.