FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
4/22/2009 3:00:00 AM
6/10/2010 8:13:57 PM
Culpeper Regional Hospital Becoming Smoke-Free
In honor of our employees' health and the health of our patients, Culpeper Regional Hospital intends to become a smoke free health system. This initiative will take place over the course of the next year, with our goal to become smoke/tobacco free on January 1, 2010. The new policy will extend to all Culpeper Regional Health System entities.
Since the 1980s, public awareness and concern about the health consequences of smoking and inhaling second-hand smoke has led businesses to ban the use of tobacco products in their buildings and on their premises. Among the organizations implementing more restrictive policies are nearly all of the nation's hospitals and health care systems. We are pleased to be following the example of Governor Kaine's plan to ban smoking in restaurants and bars in the Commonwealth.
Hospitals have a paramount responsibility to promote healthy behavior - we need to be a model for the community and demonstrate that smoking poses a serious health risk. By implementing a smoke free policy, we are taking a giant step forward in providing an environment that is conducive to good health for our employees, patients and their families.
Please look for additional information and increased signage around campus notifying the public of our goal to become a smoke/tobacco free campus.