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Decatur Morgan Hospital adopts new tobacco-free policy

Smoking areas will soon be a thing of the past for the Decatur General campus of Decatur/Morgan Hospital. Smoking areas will soon be a thing of the past for the Decatur General campus of Decatur/Morgan Hospital.
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Smoking areas will soon be a thing of the past for the Decatur General campus of Decatur/Morgan Hospital.  Leigh Hays is the director of marketing. 

"We are not only just about taking care of our patients while they are here; we are about the health of them and their families and our community at large. So this was just the right thing to do," said Hays.

Decatur/Morgan Hospital has had a tobacco-free policy as it pertains to the buildings they own for years, but this new policy that goes into effect February 1st takes into account all of their property down to the edge of the sidewalk.

"This extends to any place around our property that is owned by Decatur Morgan hospital, and it consists of all three campuses - the Decatur General campus, Parkway, Danville Road campus, and our west campus," said Hays. "It includes parking decks, parking lots. If you can see the hospital, no smoking."

Hays said hospital management understands the difficulty in quitting smoking and is going to great lengths to help their employees.

"We're offering smoking cessation classes and in addition to that, with a prescription from your physician, we will offer some Chantix or some Wellbutrin - or without a prescription if you want to get some over the county type medication to help you deal with the side effects of quitting smoking," she said.

A spokesperson from Huntsville Hospital said they are also taking the same steps. That means no smoking or any tobacco use - even in private cars on the property.

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