It's now been nearly a week since officials at Cookeville Regional Medical Center implemented a campus-wide smoking ban at the hospital -- both inside and outside. Prior to July 1, smoking had been allowed in designated areas outside the hospital, but even those have now been eliminated. Hospital spokeseperson Melahn Finley says that as a health care organization, Cookeville Regional is committed to the health and safety of our employees and patients. She says , "we believe that we have a responsibility to take a leadership role on this major health issue, and allowing people to use tobacco products defeats this purpose."
Officials say Cookeville Regional’s decision to go tobacco-free is not an attempt to “force” anyone to quit using tobacco products. Rather, the tobacco-free initiative is a concrete way to demonstrate their ongoing commitment to healthy living. If you would like assistance on how to quit smoking, visit the Quit 4 Life Support Group on Thursday evenings at 6 pm in the hospital cafeteria conference room or call (931) 528-QUIT.