SEARHC Celebrates Five Years of Being Tobacco-Free
SITKA, March 23, 2010 — Thursday, April 1, marks the fifth anniversary for all SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) campuses going tobacco-free. On April 1, 2005, SEARHC became one of the first health care organizations in Alaska to create a tobacco-free environment at all of its facilities throughout the region. As challenging as it has been, SEARHC displayed a commitment to health care and those it serves by initiating this policy. Since this policy took effect, there have been many positive changes across the region, including more than 1,500 Southeast residents enrolling in the SEARHC Tobacco Quit program. Tobacco use is a well-known cause for a number of health problems, including cancer, heart and lung disease. As a leader in promoting healthy lifestyles, it was a natural decision for SEARHC to create a tobacco-free environment for all of its patients, visitors and employees. The SEARHC Tobacco Program invites everyone to join in celebrating this five-year milestone. Cake will be served at all SEARHC campuses throughout the day on April 1.