January 18, 2012
Patients, visitors, employees and physicians will be better protected from second-hand smoke at Prairie North Health Region (PNHR) facilities, now that all Prairie North property is smoke and tobacco-free.
Effective today, smoking and tobacco use is not permitted in PNHR buildings, their grounds, and parking lots. The restriction applies to everyone. People are expected not to smoke or use tobacco anywhere on Prairie North property.
"Today is Weedless Wednesday, a great day to quit using tobacco," said Glennys Uzelman, Vice-President of Primary Health Services for Prairie North Health Region. "It's also a great day for Prairie North to take one further step in protecting our patients, residents, visitors, employees, and physicians from second-hand smoke and supporting those who want to kick their tobacco addiction."
PNHR's Tobacco and Smoke-Free Policy has three key purposes:
- Having an environment that protects clients, staff, and the public from second-hand tobacco smoke and that reinforces a social norm of being tobacco-free.
- Providing help and support for clients and Prairie North Health Region staff and physicians who wish to stop using tobacco products.
- Respecting and supporting the traditional use of sacred tobacco and medicines within First Nations healing ceremonies that take place in Prairie North facilities.
"We all have a role to play in creating healthier communities," Uzelman stated. "If you are a smoker or user of other tobacco products, you can best support the policy by not smoking as you come on to Prairie North Health Region property, and by moving off of PNHR property when you are going to use tobacco products."
Non-smokers can help support the policy by respecting that adhering to the policy may be difficult for those addicted to tobacco, and by providing encouragement to smokers who choose to quit.
PNHR employees and physicians are being asked to help ensure patients and residents are aware of the supports available to individuals to help them quit smoking or using tobacco. Patients who smoke and are admitted to hospitals and special care homes in the Region will be given information and access to smoking cessation products such as a nicotine patch during their stay. Residents of special care homes or Saskatchewan Hospital are able to smoke or use tobacco in designated outdoor locations only. Clients of PNHR who have been prescribed medicinal marijuana can use the drug as appropriate. Ceremonial use of tobacco will continue to be accommodated in PNHR facilities.
Much more information about the policy, including frequently asked questions and answers, can be found on www.pnrha.ca or by emailing email@example.com.
MEDIA: For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:
Linda Lewis, Communications Officer PNHR
(306) 446-6625 firstname.lastname@example.org
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