Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center Becomes Tobacco-Free


Starting from June 30, Fort Gordon’s Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center becomes smoke-free. With this move the Medical Center wants to encourage its staff to quit.

It should be said that the existing designated smoking zones are going to be removed. According to the new policy, military and civilian health care workersuse will not be allowed to use tobacco products during their working time or  while in uniform to align with a new Army regulation.

Eisenhower spokesman Wesley Elliott told that the smoking ban applies to all smoking products containing nicotine such as regular cigarettes, cigars, little cigars, pipes, chewing and smokeless tobacco, and even e-cigarettes. Smoking will be banned inside buildings and on the hospital campus. Not only hospital staff bul also patients and visitors should obey to the new policy.

The Eisenhower spokesman explained that creating of designated areas does not help to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke and existence of them does not encourage smokers to quit. Last year there were eliminated most designated areas at  Eisenhower. However, soon all smoking zones to be eliminated.  .

Generally, it is considered that simple existence of desiganted areas for smoking is a sign of society approval of tobacco use. Hospital staff should work in a smoke-free environment and patients should walk in the healthy environment. Elliott said that healthy working conditions will help to increase productivity among hospital workers and reduce health care costs.

It should be noted that smoking remains to be permitted in personal vehicles but not during working hours.

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