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Tobacco Policy

Texas Health Resources, the largest health care system in North Texas, prohibits the use of tobacco products at all hospital and corporate facilities.

Smoking and smoke-free tobacco is banned at every property owned by Texas Health. The policy applies to employees, patients, physicians and visitors and prohibits tobacco use in hospital buildings, parking lots and outdoor areas. It also applies to smoking in personal vehicles on hospital campuses.

Cigarette smoking is the single most preventable cause of premature death in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Texas Health's decision to prohibit smoking on all its properties demonstrates a commitment to improving the health of the communities we serve.

"By making its hospitals completely tobacco free, Texas Health is addressing the number one health risk today," said Douglas D. Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health. "As the leading health care provider in North Texas, we have a responsibility to promote healthy living to all members of the community. We cannot convince others of the need to eliminate smoking without becoming a model ourselves. It is the right thing to do."

Cigarette smoke causes an estimated 438,000 premature deaths each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The Surgeon General has announced that second-hand smoke causes 35,000 to 45,000 deaths annually from heart disease and another 3,000 deaths from lung cancer in nonsmokers. Nonsmokers who are exposed to second-hand smoke at home or at work increase their risk of developing heart disease by 25 to 30 percent and lung cancer by 20 to 30 percent.

Texas Health offers tobacco cessation and treatment resources to employees and their families at no charge. Programs offered include Be Healthy THR and Quit for LifeTM, a program of Free and Clear, which has specialized in tobacco cessation for more than 20 years. Free and Clear offers trained professionals who assist employees in developing a personalized quitting plan.

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