Allegiance Health will be Tobacco-Free as of November 20, 2010.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco use is the leading cause of death in the United States—and a major contributing factor to cardiovascular disease. From a medical perspective, smoking has the potential to impact treatment and slow the healing process, while the impact of secondhand smoke can cause serious health issues for both smokers and those around them.
To promote the health of our patients, their families and our visitors, Allegiance Health will no longer allow patients admitted to the hospital to smoke or use tobacco products.
Our adoption of these significant changes follows a growing national trend in health care. In fact, nearly 2,000 health care institutions in the U.S. have adopted 100 percent tobacco-free campus policies to promote better health and patient safety. These policies are reinforced by Michigan’s recent adoption of smoke-free worksite legislation—reflecting the growing recognition of the tremendous harm of smoking and secondhand smoke.
Thank you for your support as we work to make our hospital and community an even safer and healthier place to be.