JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.
— Beginning Sept. 1, 2006, most Missouri hospitals implemented a ban on the
use of tobacco products on their campuses. The ban on tobacco products,
originally announced in May, marks a voluntarily implementation by the
hospital community that is nearly a year in advance of a state
regulation restricting tobacco use on hospital campuses.
“Just as each
hospital is different, each hospital will implement the ban to reflect
the unique needs of the facility,” said Marc D. Smith, MHA president.
“As leaders of the health care community, it’s important that we
demonstrate positive health behaviors and take a strong stand against
the use of a proven health hazard. We plan to use this opportunity to
educate our communities about the dangers of tobacco use.”
Although hospitals in Missouri have
banned smoking inside their facilities for more than a decade, beginning
Sept. 1, tobacco use will be restricted across their entire campuses. As
a component of their tobacco-free plans, hospitals will be working to
educate the public about their no-tobacco policies.
Missouri Hospital Association is a not-for-profit association in
Jefferson City that represents 141 Missouri hospitals. In addition to
representation and advocacy on behalf of its members, the association
offers continuing education programs on current health topics and seeks
to educate the public, as well as legislative representatives, about
health care issues.