Putting Our Community First: Tobacco-Free at EHC

Tobacco-Free Emory Healthcare

As the largest health care system in the state of Georgia, putting the health and wellness of our staff, patients and families first is our priority. It’s also important that we set an example not only for other health care providers, but for our Georgia communities. In an effort to help support both of those goals, earlier this year, we announced that Emory Healthcare and Emory University were becoming tobacco-free campuses in the fall.

Below is information detailing the rollout of our tobacco-free system, including information on areas that have already become tobacco-free.

Emory University – Tobacco-Free as of August 1, 2012

As of August 1, 2012, designated smoking areas around the Emory University campus have been removed and the campus is tobacco-free. That means that use of all tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, etc.) is prohibited on the Emory University campus – including parking areas.

Emory Healthcare – Tobacco-Free as of September 1, 2012

Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Saint Joseph’s Hospital and the Emory University Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital, all of which are part of the Emory Healthcare system, have been operating as tobacco-free campuses for some time now. Other facilities inside of the Emory Healthcare system that currently allow for the use of tobacco on campus will have their designated smoking areas removed on September 1, 2012. Staff, students, faculty, physicians, patients and visitors are not permitted to use any tobacco product anywhere on Emory Healthcare property, including doctors’ office and parking areas, as of September 1, 2012.

Signage is posted across both Emory University and Emory Healthcare campuses, and we need everyone’s support to be a success! We know this is a big change for those who use tobacco products. Thanks in advance to our community members for being champions of this important step in creating a safe environment.

If you have any questions or feedback on our tobacco-free initiative, please leave them in the comments section below.

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  • Richard B.

    Bravo to the Tobacco Free Policy. As a Cardiology patient I always thought it was a little hypocritical to tell patients that smoking (or other tobacco) was bad for your health and then see nurses and doctors smoking around the facility.

  • OSWIN AND FAY F.

    THANK YOU FOR EXHIBITING COURAGE ,SUPERB INTELEGENCE AND THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF INTEGRITY IN YOUR CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP AS YOU CONTINUE TO MODEL TRUE MINISTRY AND EXCELLENT SERVANT LEADERSHIP TO BOTH YOUR STAFF, PATIENTS, THE ATLANTA AND WORLD COMMUNITY. YOU ARE SIMPLY THE BEST MEDICAL FACILITY IN GEORGIA. KEEP THE GOOD WORK UP.THANK YOU FOR YOUR RELENTLESS COMMITMENT TO THE PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE IN CARE-GIVING. GOD BLESS YOU.