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Smoke Free Initiative

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All RWJBarnabas Health Campuses are smoke free

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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.

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