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Southeast Hospital is smoke-free campus

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Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau is tobacco free inside and outside. The policy took effect Sept. 1, 2006.

The policy prohibits the use of all tobacco products not only within all Southeast Hospital-owned or leased buildings, but on Hospital-owned or leased grounds and parking lots as well.

The initiative also includes the elimination of designated places outside Hospital facilities where visitors, patients and employees currently smoke.

Most St. Louis and Kansas City hospitals also adopted tobacco free campuses at the same time Southeast went smoke-free.

Help for Patients

Physicians may prescribe one of six FDA approved medications for tobacco cessation. These include four prescription drugs, nicotine gum and the nicotine patch.

Help for Employees, Physicians, Other Qualified Individuals

Southeast also has established a Nicotine Replacement Products Policy to assist Hospital employees, their spouses, physicians on the Medical Staff at Southeast, volunteers and Auxilians, SoutheastHEALTH College of Nursing & Health Sciences students and other individuals officially affiliated with the Hospital in their efforts to quit tobacco use if that is their choice.

Over the past four-plus decades, tobacco cessation and avoidance education efforts have resulted in a nearly 50 percent decrease in smoking rates among U.S. adults and more than a 50 percent decrease in the annual consumption of tobacco.

Southeast, along with most other U.S. hospitals, established a smoke-free environment indoors in 1993 in keeping with a standard enacted by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). The JCAHO decision made hospitals the only work sites that have attempted an industry-wide smoking ban. Today, more than 70 percent of indoor workers have a smoke free workplace, according to the Center for Communicable Diseases.