St. Mary's Becomes Smoke Free 05/12/2006 As part of our mission to improve the health of individuals and communities our healthcare ministry serves, St. Mary’s campus will become smoke-free on November 17, the day of the Great American Smokeout. Beginning on this date, anyone wishing to smoke must leave hospital grounds.
St. Mary’s has joined other area hospitals and businesses in a “Fresh Air Partners” initiative in an effort to reduce the incidence of smoking in the community. Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. Aside from Indiana, only 11 states in the U.S. have higher death rates from smoking. As a healthcare organization, it is important for St. Mary’s to play a key role in this initiative and encourage healthy habits, including smoking cessation. By becoming a smoke-free campus, St. Mary’s sets an example of a healthy environment for our patients, visitors and employees.
The decision to quit smoking is up to each individual, but St. Mary’s encourages and supports anyone who wishes to quit and offers smoking cessation classes to those who are interested. For more information on smoking cessation classes near you, please contact Health Matters at (812) 485-4110.