The Memorial Hospital at Craig is going tobacco-free on July 1, 2012. As of that date, no tobacco use of any kind will be permitted – inside or outside – on hospital property. This initiative also will include the elimination of designated areas outside The Memorial Hospital, The Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Center, and The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic where employees, patients and visitors currently use tobacco products.
The Memorial Hospital has joined hospitals across Colorado in an effort to become tobacco-free. As a health care organization, we are committed to the health and safety of our employees and patients. We believe that we have a responsibility to take a leadership role on this major health issue, and allowing people to use tobacco products defeats this purpose.
Tobacco is the cause of death for nearly 4,700 Coloradans every year and is the root cause of many illnesses and lost productivity. Tobacco use in and around hospitals poses health and safety risks for patients, employees and visitors.
The Memorial Hospital’s decision to go tobacco-free is not an attempt to “force” anyone to quit using tobacco products. Rather, the tobacco-free initiative is a concrete way we can demonstrate our ongoing commitment to healthy living.
We are asking for community support in The Memorial Hospital at Craig’s tobacco-free initiative as we move toward July 1, 2012.