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Tahoe Forest Hospital becomes a smoke-free campus

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; As of Sept. 1, 2010 both Tahoe Forest Hospital and Incline Village Community Hospital will become smoke-free campuses. Smoking will be prohibited anywhere on the hospitalsand#8217; grounds and signs will be clearly posted. The new policy applies to all staff, visitors, patients, vendors, volunteers, physicians and contractors.

The decision to make Tahoe Forest Hospital and Incline Village Community Hospital smoke-free facilities is in response to the Surgeon General of the United States and the American Medical Association assertions that smoke-free environments are in the best interest of oneand#8217;s health and human life in general. It is projected that soon all hospital campuses throughout the United States will be smoke-free environments.

According to the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, each year 438,000 deaths directly related to tobacco addiction are reported in the United States. In addition, 8.6 million Americans live with serious smoking-related illness.

and#8220;Helping people to better understand the benefits of a smoke-free environment and doing everything possible to make this a smooth transition are two of our most important goals,and#8221; said Sandi Golonka, chief nursing officer TFHS. and#8220;This change is being implemented for everyoneand#8217;s health and safety and it aligns with all other hospitals in the nation that have gone smoke free.and#8221;

Hospitalized patients who are smokers will be provided with smoking cessation information, counseling and therapeutic options such as a nicotine patch, gum or lozenges. In addition, all employees will have access to various support options.

For smoking cessation resources, please call the Tahoe Forest Hospital Health Clinic at 582-3277.

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California Smokerand#8217;s Helpline at 800-NO-BUTTS or http://www.nobutts.org. Call for free help with quitting smoking or chewing tobacco.

No Fume at 800-45-NO-FUME (800-456-6386) or http://www.nofume.org.

Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, http://smokingcessationleadership.ucsf.edu/index.htm.

For more information about Tahoe Forest Health System, visit http://www.tfhd.com.