Starting Friday Sunrise and Sunrise Children's Hospital will be tobacco-free.
The change means tobacco products will not be allowed inside or outside anywhere on the hospitals' campuses. The tobacco ban comes after overwhelming demand by the hospital staff. The hospitals surveyed the 2,300 employees and found 77 percent wanted to be tobacco free. The hospital says going tobacco free will improve the health of patients, visitors, doctors, nurses and other employees.
“This effort aligns directly with our mission to improve the health of the community,” said Sylvia Young, President and CEO of Sunrise Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital.
The American Lung Association estimates 329,000 people die from tobacco related diseases every year. Another 50,000 people die from exposure to secondhand smoke.