Cary Posted December 5, 2003 Share Posted December 5, 2003 Even though I don't smoke this might be kind of extreme, they're adults. I don't consider health care workers role models, in addition are they going to be banned from eating unhealthy foods in the cafeteria since patients use the same facilities. There should be no smoking for anyone entering the property including patients. "It's counterintuitive to be a health-care professional and to understand all the objective facts about the dangers of smoking but still smoke," he said" Children's Hospital Bans Smoking by Staff Fri Dec 5, 4:32 AM COLUMBUS, Ohio - Employees going outside into the open air to smoke soon won't be good enough for Children's Hospital management. Starting May 1, Children's Hospital staff members won't be allowed to smoke on the premises. If employees still want to smoke, they'll have to walk a couple of blocks until they're off the sprawling hospital grounds. Three outdoor smoking huts will remain but only visitors will be allowed to use them. Patients should not have to contend with the lingering scent of cigarette smoke on staff members returning from breaks, said Keith Goodwin, the hospital's president and chief executive officer. "It's counterintuitive to be a health-care professional and to understand all the objective facts about the dangers of smoking but still smoke," he said. Hospital security guards will enforce the ban. Tracy Sabetta, director of Tobacco-Free Ohio, a nonprofit group aimed at eliminating secondhand smoke in public places, lauded Children's Hospital for the move. "At a facility that works to protect the health of children, setting an example (of not smoking) is something that's been a long time in coming," she said. Copyright 2003 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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