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April 20, 2010

Clean Air Initiative

Colleagues,

Several months ago, I announced the Health Centerís plan to join health care organizations across the state and across the country in adopting a smoke and tobacco free campus by November 18, 2010. The move to go smoke free, through the "Clean Air" initiative, is consistent with our dedication to helping people achieve and maintain healthy lives.

Since then, a committee with representatives from across the organization has started putting together a plan to make the transition into a smoke-free environment as supportive as possible.

Current efforts include:

  • Developing a Smoke and Tobacco Free Campus policy to include all properties and buildings owned by the Health Center.
  • Preparing signage and other materials that will help our employees introduce and explain the policy to patients and visitors.
  • Transforming existing smoking locations outside of the Health Center to resting areas where patients, visitors and employees can gather without exposure to second-hand smoke.
  • Supporting employees who would like to stop smoking with resources, including information on clinical trials and studies available right here at the Health Center.

The Clean Air initiative is a concrete way for the Health Center to demonstrate its ongoing commitment to healthy living. I know I can count on your support and understanding in making this transition a success.

A clarification of the current no smoking/tobacco policy can be found at Health Center Today.

Sincerely,

Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice President for Health Affairs
Dean, School of Medicine