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Tobacco-Free Campus Policy

May 13, 2010

JFK Medical Center Implements Tobacco-Free Campus Policy

Atlantis, FL - JFK Medical Center is going tobacco-free on June 1, 2010. After this time, no tobacco use of any kind will be permitted — inside or outside — on hospital property. This initiative will include the elimination of designated areas outside JFK Medical Center where employees, patients and visitors are currently permitted to use tobacco products.

As a healthcare organization, we are committed to the health and safety of our employees and patients. We believe that we have a responsibility to take a leadership role on this major health issue, and establishing our entire campus as tobacco-free firmly supports that belief. Because of the efforts of JFK moving towards a tobacco free campus and for their ongoing support of the programs and mission of the American Lung Association, The American Lung Association will be honoring the hospital at their Florida’s Women’s Health Luncheon to be held on Monday, May 17, 2010.

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 in and around hospitals poses health and safety risks for patients, employees and visitors.

JFK Medical Center’s decision to go tobacco-free is not an attempt to force anyone to quit using tobacco products. Rather, the tobacco-free initiative is a concrete way to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to healthy living. We are asking for community support in JFK Medical Center’s tobacco-free initiative as we move toward June 1, 2010.