VINELAND, NJ (December 27) – Beginning on January 1, 2008, all of South Jersey Healthcare’s buildings, grounds, parking lots and vehicles will become non-smoking areas. All community members visiting SJH facilities will be asked to comply with a new tobacco-free policy.
Under the new policy, staff, physicians, contractors, vendors, patients, family members and visitors will not be able to smoke anywhere inside or outside on SJH property–including parking lots and vehicles. There will no longer be designated smoking areas on the hospital grounds.
The new policy is in step with the health system’s mission to contribute to the health and well being of everyone in the communities SJH serves. Several health care facilities throughout the state have already introduced similar regulations for their visitors.
“Smoking and second-hand smoke are the largest preventable causes of illness and death in the nation and we are pleased to take this step to ensure a healthy environment for everyone visiting our campuses,” said Wayne Schiffner, SJH Executive Vice President. “We are also supporting our SJH family in their efforts to kick the habit and take control of their long term health.”
Anyone who smokes on SJH grounds will be reminded of the new smoke-free policy and asked to refrain from smoking. Smokers who are hospitalized and are concerned about nicotine withdrawal during their hospital stay should speak with their physician. There are nicotine replacement therapies available that can make a stay in the hospital more comfortable.
There are also several resources available to residents who are looking to kick the habit in the new year:
NJ Quitline: 1-866-NJ-STOPS – This toll-free service provides access to trained counselors who help you at every stage of a personalized quitting plan. The first call takes about 30 minutes.
SJH Cancer Services – Information about local smoking cessation resources is available through our cancer program by calling (856) 575-4430.
SJH is a nonprofit, integrated health care system, providing access to a continuum of health services. SJH provides hospital services, numerous community health clinics, home health services, and specialty services, which serve the medical and health care needs of Southern New Jersey residents