HGH is Smoke-Free and Tobacco-Free.
Humboldt General Hospital is now 100 percent smoke-free and tobacco-free.
Although Humboldt General Hospital has been smoke-free for many years, employees have been permitted to smoke or use tobacco products during breaks. Patients have also been permitted to smoke with a physician's order.
Humboldt General Hospital CEO/Administrator Jim Parrish said smoking and tobacco use now will not be permitted on campus in any form.
"We are determined to provide a healthy, safe environment for our patients, staff and visitors."
He continued, "Policies that discourage smoking and tobacco use will improve our outcomes, and we are ready to lead out in modeling positive behaviors for our community."
Parrish said the decision to go smoke-free and tobacco-free is not an attempt to force anyone to quit smoking. Rather, the initiative is aimed at helping HGH demonstrate its commitment to health and well-being.
People who choose to smoke or use tobacco must leave HGH property to do so.
HGH offers smoking cessation counseling for employees, patients and interested community members. Additionally, smoking cessation products will be available for patients and employees.
To read HGH's smoke-free and tobacco-free policy, please click here.
Smoking Cessation Resources:
- Humboldt General Hospital Quit Smoking Help: (775) 623-5222, ext. 1740
- Tobacco Users Help Hotline: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (775) 784-8669
- Free online program: www.get-quit.com
- Nationally: www.smokefree.gov
- Smoking is the #1 cause of preventable death and illness. Cigarette smoking causes about 1 of every 5 deaths in the United States each year. On average, adults who smoke cigarettes die 14 years earlier than nonsmokers. According to the American Cancer Society, the use of tobacco products is linked to 440,000 preventable deaths a year.
- Second-hand smoke is the third leading preventable cause of disability and early death (after active smoking and alcohol) in the United States. For every eight smokers who die from smoking, one innocent bystander dies from secondhand smoke.
- Not only does smoking exponentially increase a person's risk for developing lung cancer and other diseases, like emphysema and chronic bronchitis, but it also puts people at higher risk for cancer of the mouth, throat, larynx, esophagus, bladder, pancreas, kidney, cervix and stomach. Smoking also elevates the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and insulin resistance.
- Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than $200 billion in annual health-related economic losses in the U.S. (half in direct medical costs and half in lost productivity). To cover losses, consumers would have to pay $10.47 per pack of cigarettes.