St. Mary-Corwin Launched Campaign to Emphasize Smoke-Free Campus

The policy restricts St. Mary-Corwin patients, visitors, employees, physicians, volunteers, vendors and other visitors to the hospital campus from smoking on or in front of the hospital campus.

St. Mary-Corwin has been a leader in healthcare, implementing a smoke-free campus in 2005. As a health care facility, St. Mary-Corwin is committed to providing a healthy environment. This includes allowing hospital patients, visitors, physicians, employees, volunteers and vendors to enter and leave the hospital campus without encountering second-hand smoke.

This decision is supported by numerous studies that suggest secondhand smoke may be an under-recognized cause of heart attack deaths in this country. The rate of heart attack-related hospitalized cases dropped 41 percent three years after the ban of workplace smoking in Pueblo also took effect on July 1, 2003. Smoking bans are designed not only to cut smoking rates but also to reduce secondhand tobacco smoke. It is a widely recognized cause of lung cancer, but its effect on heart disease can be more immediate. Secondhand smoke causes an estimated 46,000 heart disease deaths and about 3,000 lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers each year, according to statistics cited by the CDC. In Pueblo, the rate of heart attacks dropped from 257 per 100,000 people before the ban to 152 per 100,000 in the three years afterward.

In addition, patients who use tobacco products will need to talk with their physicians for options that are available during their hospital stay. Physicians will no longer write orders permitting patients to leave the hospital to use tobacco products, which will increase the safety of these patients. Information on smoking alternatives for patients, such as nicotine patches or nicotine gum will be available and can be ordered by their physician. Smoking cessation information is available.

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Policy: To respect the right of individuals who do not wish to be exposed to the adverse health effects of tobacco products, and to comply with existing City ordinances, State and Federal laws, as well as other regulatory agencies, smoking and the use of all tobacco products are prohibited in all facilities. The Pueblo city ordinance states that smoking will not be allowed on the public right-of-way adjoining hospitals." This includes sidewalks, lawns and alleys that border hospitals and properties the hospitals own or lease. This policy applies to all patients, visitors, associates, volunteers, students, interns, residents, physicians, temporary or agency staffing, independent contractors, vendors, sales representatives and/or other company representatives. The use of any tobacco products is prohibited in all areas of our campus including buildings, leased facilities, offices, grounds, vehicles, parking lots and ramps.