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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  • by Anonymous on Apr 30, 2008 at 05:29 PM
    This is America!!! Soon, they will be limiting the amount of calories you take in while at work or not allowing you to say anything about God. You would think Saddam was the boss at all these places that are taking our rights to show their POWER!!!!! From what I have heard, these employees are NOT even aloud to smoke on their lunch or regular that is NOT fair!!!!
  • by Concerned Location: MMH on Apr 2, 2008 at 05:52 PM
    I think its wonderful that we don't have to smell smoke everywhere we go. GO COMMUNISTS! HAHA!
  • by susie Location: pike on Apr 2, 2008 at 03:02 AM
    Just another place enforcing their communist ways. Communism is slowly taking over America and people cannot see it.


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