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Community General campus now smoke free

Community General campus now smoke free

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- On March 1, Upstate University Hospital at Community General will officially become smoke- and tobacco-free. The new policy creates a completely smoke- and tobacco-free environment at the campus, with no smoking or tobacco use within the building or on the grounds owned or leased by Upstate.

“As a healthcare resource, we are committed to the health and safety of our patients and visitors,” said Meredith Price, chief administrative officer. “A smoke-free and tobacco-free campus offers everyone an environment that encourages health and healing.”

In an effort to promote the new policy, the facility will offer free pulmonary function testing and smoking cessation information to campus employees. Free smoking cessation programs and over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy are also offered to all campus employees.

“A smoke-free and tobacco-free campus supports our mission,” said Price. “As health professionals, we are committed to preventing disease and improving health, and this new policy is another method for us to achieve this within our community.”

When Upstate Medical University enacted its smoke-free policy in August 2005, it became the first SUNY campus to go smoke free.