10 Boston Hospitals Agree to Implement Anti-Smoking Rules by April 2012

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Ten Boston hospitals have agreed to implement policies that are designed to create tobacco-free hospital campuses by Patriots' Day in April 2012, according to a news release from the office of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.

The hospitals' agreement is part of a partnership with the city of Boston and the Boston Public Health Commission to decrease tobacco use and exposure on hospital campuses. Tobacco-free policies include prohibiting patients, visitors and employees from smoking on hospital property at all times; routinely screening patients for tobacco use and offering quit-smoking aids; providing cessation benefits to employees; and adopting business practices that reflect a commitment to being tobacco-free, such as divesting the hospital of all tobacco company stock.

The participating hospitals are Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Carney Hospital, Children's Hospital Boston, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Tufts Medical Center, Faulkner Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.

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