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Hospital to Ban Odor of Smoke on Workers’ Clothes

October 3, 2011   Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria, Louisiana will implement an anti-tobacco policy for its entire campus that will prohibit the use of tobacco products by employees while on their shifts, including when they are on breaks. It also will not allow employees to work if their clothing smells like smoke. “About a month or two ago we sent a letter to all of our associates,” hospital administrator Lisa R. Lauve said.  Hospital officials are aiming to reduce patients’ and employees’ exposure to the toxins that linger in fabrics from a recently-burned cigarette, also known as third hand smoke. Such toxins develop a special danger for the developing brains of infants and small children. The implementation of the new policy is being announced a year in advance to give the employees an opportunity to pursue quitting options that work for them before the ban begins. The hospital will offer tools, support, and resources to help those who want to quit.

For more information, please visit http://www.chron.com/news/article/Hospital-to-ban-odor-of-smoke-on-workers-clothes-2199852.php

 


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