Safety tip: Transition to a tobacco-free campus
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February 2, 2012
Before you can successfully transition from a tobacco-free facility to a tobacco-free campus, there are a few simple steps that make for a seamless transition.
First, healthcare facilities should create a committee devoted to tobacco cessation and the adoption of a campuswide policy. Melva Okun, DrPH, the senior program manager at NC Prevention Partners in Chapel Hill, has helped transition her campus. NC Prevention Partners recently concluded a program funded by The Duke Endowment in which every hospital in North Carolina was tobacco-free campuswide by the middle of 2009.
Okun advises that the following employees should beincluded on the committee:
- At least one member of corporate leadership (CEO, chief operating officer, etc.)
- The vice president of HR
- A benefits person from the HR department
- The security or safety director
- Marketing or communications staff, to develop a plan for PR
- A staff administrator to take notes and organize meetings
- Physicians and nurses
- Pharmacy staff, who may be involved in acquiring cessation medications
For more tips, visit the Hospital Safety Center.