Smoke Free Initiative
All RWJBarnabas Health Campuses are smoke free
For the Public
To mark the 33rd anniversary of the Great American Smokeout, all northern
hospitals, health facilities and offices of RWJBarnabas Health became
smoke-free campus wide on November 19, 2009.
The campuses that became smoke-free included Clara Maass Medical Center,
Livingston Services, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Barnabas Health
Ambulatory Care Center, Barnabas Health Corporate Center, Barnabas Health
Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Barnabas
Health Outpatient Centers and all RWJBarnabas Health facilities and property
in northern New Jersey.
Connie Greene, vice president of Barnabas Health 's Institute for Prevention,
believes that going smoke-free on all campuses not only promotes good
health and a healthy environment, but is essential to foster the sense
of health and healing that exists at hospitals and health care facilities.
“RWJBarnabas Health is committed to creating and maintaining a healthy
workplace for all patients and their families, employees, and physicians.
Maintaining a tobacco-free workplace is a critical part of that commitment,”
said Ms. Greene.
In 2008 the southern RWJBarnabas Health facilities became smoke-free and
this year, the northern facilities also continue the goal of RWJBarnabas
Health in making the entire System smoke-free.
This initiative means that smoking is prohibited both indoors and outdoors
on all properties owned and operated by RWJBarnabas Health, including
parking areas. Therefore, an important component of the smoke-free campus
initiative is helping employees, patients and family members quit the
habit for good.
Leading up to November 19, 2009 the System provided education and information
to families and patients during pre-registration and upon registration
clearly stating the no-smoking on campus policy. Ms. Greene said, “We
gave our staff tools and educational materials to help remind fellow employees,
visitors and patients to observe our policy.”
Patients can request Nicotine Replacement Therapy to assist with their
comfort while they are hospitalized.
“We know quitting smoking is a difficult thing to do,” Ms.
Greene said. “But we have established a comprehensive program for
patients, employees and visitors to our facility to help beat their addiction
to nicotine. We acknowledge that going smoke-free on our campuses was
an adjustment for everyone, but in the end, it’s just the right
thing to do.”
The New Jersey Tobacco-Free Hospital Campus Collaborative is a coalition
of more than 20 hospitals and health systems across the state. These systems,
through a partnership with the American Cancer Society, are committed
to working together to create a healthier environment for their patients,
employees and visitors by eliminating the use of all tobacco products
throughout their entire campus.