Another Hospital Goes Tobacco Free

It is a growing list in the bluegrass as healthcare organizations decide to go tobacco free.

Debra Jones works at Manchester Memorial Hospital in Clay County and one of her responsibilities is to work with congestive heart failure patients.

“I talk to them and take them packets that's got a lot of information about congestive heart failure and smoking in it,” Debra Jones said.

She says until February she was a smoker and only quit after the hospital administration announced in September they would go tobacco free for employees as of April 1st.

“It's certainly a trust, we're not putting any heavy enforcement in,” Helen Wilson said.

Administrators say they upgraded the break rooms with massage chairs to encourage participation.

They started offering smoking cessation classes at the hospital.

“Once you attend a class you'll see a network, each member comes and walks away knowing that everybody is going through the same thing at the same time,” Sandy Eversole said.

Jones says she went to the classes with a friend to get through the lifestyle change.

“My friend and her husband have quit smoking, my daughter and her son have quit smoking and really the class has had a big influence,” Jones said.

Jones says she shares her personal story about quitting to her patients to encourage more people to live a healthier lifestyle.

Officials with Manchester Memorial say they are looking into making their property tobacco free for patients and visitors as well, but they do not have a time frame yet.

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