Smoke-Free Hospital Campus Initiative
In 2008, smoke-free hospital campus initiatives were gaining momentum across the U.S. At the time, annual state healthcare costs directly related to smoking totaled $1.63 billion, $430 million of which was paid by Medicaid. It was estimated that smoking caused a loss of productivity that cost Connecticut $1,017 billion per year.
In an effort to improve the health of Connecticut residents and be a leader in the statewide effort to reduce smoking deaths, Connecticut hospitals sent an important message by adopting a smoke-free campus policy.
In 2008, the Committee on Human Resources recommended that the CHA Board of Trustees approve an initiative encouraging all hospitals to adopt smoke-free campus policies.
In 2008, the CHA Board of Trustees adopted a statewide smoke-free campus initiative, with the following goals:
- that all member acute care hospitals agree by November 15, 2008 (Great American Smokeout Day) to strive toward implementation of smoke-free campus policies
- that all member acute care hospitals implement, by November 15, 2010, smoke-free campus policies prohibiting the sale and use of tobacco products in all areas and on the grounds of the hospital.
Resources and Tools
- Connecticut's Quit Lines
- American Cancer Society’s Guide to Quitting Smoking
- American Lung Association
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- National Cancer Institute
- Partnership between National Cancer Institute, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and American Cancer Society
- Americans for NonSmokers
- Office of the Surgeon General
- Smoking Cessation Leadership Center
- Eastern Connecticut Health Network (1)
- Eastern Connecticut Health Network (2)
- Charlotte Hungerford Hospital
- MidState Medical Center
- St. Vincent’s Medical Center
Smoke-Free Connecticut Hospitals