Milford Hospital Preparing to Become a Smoke Free Campus

March 2010

In an effort to promote health, wellness and safety among its staff members, patients and visitors, Milford Hospital will become an entirely smoke free campus on April 5, 2010.

The interior of the hospital’s facilities has been smoke-free for many years. The revised policy will prohibit smoking on the entire Milford Hospital campus including satellite properties, facilities and grounds.  This includes parking lots and all vehicles on the property.

“With smoking and breathing second hand smoke among the leading causes of preventable illness in this country, we believe this is the right thing to do,” said Joseph Pelaccia, Milford Hospital President and CEO. 

The hospital’s smoke-free initiative is similar to those adopted by hospitals statewide and across the country.  According to the Connecticut Hospital Association, 23 hospitals throughout Connecticut are currently smoke free campuses while 4 additional hospitals will move towards becoming smoke free during 2010.

 

Recognizing that this may be a challenge for some staff members and patients, Milford Hospital will continue to offer a range of smoking cessation resources to those who are interested.

 

“A smoke free policy enforces our mission and our commitment to healthy living,” said Pelaccia.  “It also reflects the high standard of service we offer our community by providing quality health care in a smoke free environment.”