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APD Adopts Tobacco Free Campus

December 30, 2011—As an organization dedicated to the health of our community, Alice Peck Day Health Systems is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all patients, visitors, residents, providers, staff and volunteers. As a demonstration of this commitment, effective January 1, 2012, APD will become a tobacco-free campus.

“We have a responsibility to the communities we serve to promote and encourage a healthier lifestyle,” states Harry G. Dorman, III, FACHE, APD’s President and CEO. “A tobacco free campus helps reinforce this message to support colleagues and patients in their efforts to improve their health and facilitate a positive behavior change.”

The new policy bans the use of any tobacco products, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, electronic cigarettes, and chewing tobacco, on the entire hospital grounds. The ban prohibits use within 200 feet of the hospital’s property including in vehicles, in parking lots, and at any APD satellite sites.

“We realize it may be difficult for some patients and employees to adjust to this new policy, so we have made smoking cessation tools and counsel available for them,” adds Dorman. “As an organization committed to health and well-being, becoming totally tobacco free is the right thing to do.”

Read more: Valley News article Jan 8, 2012