No More Smoking on Southern Kentucky Hospital Grounds

The smoking outpost outside Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital will soon be going the way of the dinosaur.

“You have to understand that most people entering a health care facility are there because their health is compromised. And the last thing they want to do is walk through a cloud of smoke,” said Lake Cumberland Hospital CEO Jeff Seraphine during a news conference Friday.

Starting January 1, 2008 smoking anywhere on the hospital's property will be banned.

“We're going to hire some additional security, (to enforce it)” said Seraphine.

The ban even includes the inside of cars parked at the hospital.

“We don't want to go out and smoke in our vehicles and then come in and take care of a patient knowing that you just got out of your vehicle,” said Seraphine.

The Pulaski County Attorney says he's going to have to research whether a person can be told not to smoke in a car. But he says since the car would be on the hospital's property, they probably can enforce that.

One hospital employee who asked not to be identified fears the ban will violate his rights. Some people visiting patients say they're not surprised by the move.

“Again we're not telling people they can't smoke. Just not on this campus,” said Seraphine.

Hospital officials say employees will be offered reduced price cessation classes to help them quit.


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