Thursday was the Great American Smoke-Out Day by the American Cancer Society to encourage more people to quit smoking. The CDC reports Kentucky has the highest rate of adult smokers in the nation. Officials with the Hazard ARH took part in the smoke-out day by announcing plans to go tobacco free.
"If somebody is sick and they need to be in the hospital, it's better for their benefit to stay smoke free in a smoke free environment," said Hazard ARH Pulmonologist Dr. Firas Koura.
After February 14th, no tobacco use of any kind will be allowed inside or outside at all ARH facilities in Hazard.
For more information on the Great American Smoke-Out Day, log on to http://www.cancer.org/docroot/subsite/greatamericans/smokeout.asp.