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Central Peninsula Hospital Implements Tobacco-Free Campus Policy

Soldotna, ALASKA— Central Peninsula Hospital (CPH) has instituted a tobacco-free campus policy, prohibiting tobacco use in any building or suite managed or operated by CPH. The policy went into effect May 15, 2012.

“Our mission calls on us to improve the health of not only those we serve and their families, but also those who work with us,” said Rick Davis, CEO of Central Peninsula Hospital. “As a health care provider, we feel it is necessary to take a stand to stop the public health epidemic of tobacco use.

The new policy is a commitment by CPH to “provide healthy lifestyle role-modeling for the community,” according to the written policy. The policy not only covers CPH patients and staff, it also prohibits tobacco use by volunteers, contractors, residents, and visitors throughout the main hospital campus and Heritage Place.

“Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in Alaska, causing approximately one-fifth of all deaths statewide,” said Alexandria Hicks, State of Alaska Tobacco Prevention and Control program manager. “We’re proud that CPH has recognized the importance of a tobacco-free campus policy, and that they are working to improve healthcare within the state of Alaska.”

The State of Alaska’s Tobacco Prevention and Control Program’s new Mission 100 initiative provided technical assistance to CPH for tobacco-free campus policy implementation. Mission 100 serves hospitals such as CPH and other health organizations statewide in implementing tobacco-free campus policies and tobacco cessation “ask, advise, refer” programs.

CPH joins several other hospitals and health organizations statewide in the growing tobacco-free campus movement, and hundreds of hospitals across the nation that have become tobacco-free.

Mission 100 is a component of the State of Alaska Tobacco Prevention and Control Program and works with healthcare providers throughout Alaska to screen, document and refer tobacco users for treatment at every visit, and to bill for and receive reimbursement for these services. Learn more about Mission 100 at mission100alaska.org.

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