Memorial Health System Goes Tobacco Free September 1

On September 1, 2015, Lake Charles Memorial Health System members, properties and affiliates will be smoke and tobacco free.

At the request of the state and the medical staff and after much deliberation, administration has made the decision that as of September 1, 2015 all Lake Charles Memorial Health System facilities will be smoke and tobacco free. President and CEO Larry Graham states,

“We believe that becoming a smoke free facility is in keeping with our mission to improve the health of our employees and our community,” says Memorial President/CEO Larry Graham. “This decision was made with everyone’s best health in mind.”

Tobacco use of any kind will not be permitted on any property owned or managed by the Memorial Health System, inside or out, by hospital staff, patients or visitors. This include Memorial Medical Group properties and other affiliates.

Prohibited tobacco products include cigarettes, cigars, pipes and other tobacco products such as chewing tobacco and snuff. E-cigarettes are also prohibited.

Secondhand smoke is a proven cause of cancer, can worsen symptoms of pulmonary conditions such as asthma or chronic bronchitis, and can cause eye irritation and nausea in some. We believe that as a healthcare provider we must provide all patients, staff and visitors with a safe and healthy environment.

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