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Three hospitals in one FL community plan to ban smoking on their campuses

Hospital Safety Insider, May 6, 2009

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A trio of hospitals in a Florida community will be among the latest to embrace smoke-free campuses this year, but a bumpy road may be ahead of them in terms of dealing with the practical repercussions of the transition.
 
The three hospitals involved, all in Panama City, FL, include Bay Medical Center, Gulf Coast Medical Center, and HealthSouth Emerald Coast Rehabilitation Hospital.
 
“All of the hospitals agreed the official day to go smoke-free is November 19, to coincide with the Great American Smokeout held by the American Cancer Society,” said Christa Dean Hild, marketing manager for Bay Medical Center.
 
One potential fall-out from banning smoking on hospital campuses is if smokers instead head to the surrounding neighborhood to light up. Some residents who live near medical facilities have complained about smokers congregating near their homes and tossing cigarette butts on their lawns.
 
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