Trinity Regional Health System is committed to providing healthier environments for patients, associates and visitors. To better support this commitment, all Trinity property became tobacco-free on May 1, 2006.
The new tobacco-free policy implemented by Trinity Regional Health System will prohibit tobacco use inside any hospital, clinic or physician office or any other owned or leased facility. This new policy applies to inside of buildings as well as outside, including sidewalks, parking lots, parking ramps and inside of private vehicles. There are no exemptions to the policy and therefore includes associates, visitors, physicians, patients, students, volunteers, contractors and vendors.
We have known for years that the No. 1 action people can take to improve their health and increase life expectancy is to stop using tobacco products. As health care organizations whose mission includes improving the overall health of the communities we serve, we believe it is important for our organizations to take a strong stand on this issue.
Each year, more than 450,000 people die prematurely from tobacco-related diseases. Tobacco use is the No. 1 cause of preventable death and disease in the United States.