November 18th, 2010
New London Hospital is going tobacco-free on November 18. After this time, no tobacco use of any kind will be permitted on hospital campuses in New London and Newport.
"As a healthcare organization, we are committed to the health and safety of our employees and patients," states Bruce P. King, President & CEO. "We believe that we have a responsibility to take a leadership role on this major health issue and establishing our hospital campus and the Newport Health Center as tobacco-free firmly supports that belief."
The US Surgeon General has confirmed that exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke is a serious health hazard and that there is no risk-free level of exposure. Tobacco use around hospitals poses health and safety risks for patients, employees and visitors.
"New London Hospital's decision to go tobacco-free is not an attempt to force anyone to quit using tobacco products," continued King. "Rather, the tobacco-free initiative is a concrete way to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to healthy living."
"We are asking for community support for this initiative."