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APD Developing Smoke & Tobacco-Free Policy

April 1, 2011—Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital will join the growing list of NH hospitals to adopt a smoke and tobacco free campus-wide policy, effective January 1, 2012. Over the next nine months, APD will implement an information campaign and begin working with employees and patients who wish to break their habit of tobacco products use.

“As a healthcare organization we have a responsibility to lead by example and encourage positive health behaviors of our employees, patients, physicians, volunteers and visitors,” states Harry G. Dorman, III, FACHE, APD’s President and CEO. “The tobacco-free initiative is a concrete way we can demonstrate our ongoing commitment to healthy living.”

To develop the policy, a multidisciplinary committee is evaluating plans from other hospitals. John Butterly, MD, the Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, recently met with the APD committee to share his insights and experience adopting a campus-wide tobacco-free policy at DHMC. “This is not a controversial topic,” states Dr. Butterly. “We know smoking is bad for health and the health of your families and co-workers. Creating a tobacco-free environment is the responsibility of healthcare facilities.”

APD is offering cessation resource information to assist those who wish to break tobacco use between now the implementation date.