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    Beginning January 1, 2009 Memorial’s entire campus will be smoke-free, meaning smoking is not allowed anywhere on the Memorial Medical Center campus. It is our duty to protect the health of our staff, visitors and patients by eliminating the exposure to secondhand smoke and protecting their rights to a safe and healthy environment. We are building a healthier community by designating our campus smoke-free.

    If you are a visitor who smokes, we ask that you refrain from smoking while on our campus. If you are ready to quit, please see the resources listed above in the section titled, “Smoking and Your Health.”

    If you are a patient who smokes, please ask your physician or nurse about how we can support your healing process in our smoke-free environment.

    Smoking and Your Health

    Cigarette smoking continues to be a major health hazard and, in fact, is the most important preventable cause of premature death in the United States. Cigarette smoke can lead to a variety of diseases, including hardening of the arteries and heart attacks, lung diseases, and lung and various other cancers. Smoking can also interfere with the effectiveness and/or metabolism of certain drugs. If you do smoke, get help to quit. No tobacco product is safe!

    Patients who wish to stop smoking should ask for and receive counseling, support and guidance from their health care team. Please ask your nurse or doctor for further information on smoking cessation.

    Also, according to the U.S. Surgeon General, there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke exposure can cause heart disease and lung cancer in non-smoking adults and is a known cause of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), respiratory problems, ear infections, and asthma attacks in infants and children. Even brief second hand smoke can cause immediate harm. If you’re interested in information for a member of your household on this topic, a pamphlet entitled, “Smoking Cessation: Information for You, a Friend, or Family Member” is available to you by asking a member of your health care team. You may also contact the American Lung Association at 1-800-LUNG-USA or the California Smokers Help Line at 1-800-NO-BUTTS for more information and telephone counseling services.