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Effective April 1, 2011, all facilities and property within the Ochsner Health System will become tobacco-free. Beginning on that date, designated smoking areas and ashtrays will be removed from Ochsner campuses.
“Over the next five months we will begin the education process for implementing our tobacco-free initiative at all eight Ochsner medical centers and our area health centers,” said Joan Mollohan, Ochsner Health System senior vice president of human resources.
The initiative is part of its Living the Legacy program, a reflection of Dr. Alton Ochsner’s work to educate the world on the harmful effects of smoking. Ochsner discovered a link between tobacco use and lungcancer in 1939.
We encourage other health care organizations to join us in becoming tobacco-free,” Quinlan said. “As a health care organization, it is our responsibility to lead by example on issues that impact public health.”
In recognition of the difficulty in stopping tobacco use, employees will be offered a plan to help quit using the products. Additionally, free smoking cessation classes will be made available to the public.
The announcement comes as part of the 35th Annual Great American Smokeout, which is
being recognized today.
75% of Louisianians don’t smoke.