Director of Communications
The New SJH Campus is Tobacco/Smoke Free
St. Joseph’s Hospital (SJH) in Highland is dedicated to health and healing and committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all patients, visitors, colleagues, physicians and volunteers. As a demonstration of this commitment, the entire new SJH campus, just as at the previous facility on Main Street, is a “tobacco/smoke free” area.
Tobacco/Smoke-free areas include the hospital and adjacent medical office building and grounds, and all parking areas on the new campus.
“We ask that all tobacco products be properly disposed of prior to entering our campus,” says Peggy A. Sebastian, President and CEO, SJH. “Individuals who choose to use tobacco products while driving to our campus should extinguish and properly dispose of the waste prior to exiting their vehicle.”
In addition, any individual identified to be using any tobacco products while in any area of the new SJH campus will be asked to extinguish and dispose of those products immediately.
This policy applies to everyone including Auxilians, board/committee members, colleagues, contracted and construction personnel, medical staff, patients, students, tenants, vendors, visitors and volunteers.
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet about 43.8 million Americans still smoke cigarettes — Nearly 1 in every 5 adults. As of 2010, there were also 13.2 million cigar smokers in the US, and 2.2 million who smoke tobacco in pipes — other dangerous and addictive forms of tobacco.