SMOKE FREE CAMPUS
As of January 1, 2008, Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center is a smoke-free campus. No smoking of any kind is permitted – inside or outside – on our property. This initiative also included the elimination of designated areas outside the hospital where employees, patients and visitors could go to smoke.
Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death, disease, and excess healthcare costs across Kentucky. Over 8,000 Kentuckians die annually from tobacco-related illnesses. That means for every 100,000 people in Kentucky, 385 die from a smoking-attributable disease, compared to 273 nationally.
As a health care organization, we are committed to the health and safety of our employees and patients. We believe that we have a responsibility to take a leadership role on this major health issue and allowing people to smoke on our campus goes against this purpose.
Our decision to go smoke-free is not an attempt to “force” anyone to quit using tobacco products. Rather, the smoke-free initiative is a concrete way we can demonstrate our ongoing commitment to healthy living.