Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Hospital To Consider Expanded Smoking Ban

The CEO of Cookeville Regional Medical Center says he'd like to see a campus-wide smoking ban implemented at the hospital as soon as possible, but he wouldn't speculate on when it might happen. According to the Herald Citizen, CEO Bernie Mattingly said he's encouraging the hospital board to consider the ban. Mattingly added that he's going to look at information from the American Hospital Association and other health facilities who have already gone smoke-free to see how their policies work. Hospital officials said smoking has been banned inside the building since 1999, but many employees worry about the smokers around the entry and exit to the facility. Several hospitals in Nashville are already smoke free, and five medical centers in Knoxville have approved a ban that will start next year.