Largo Medical Center is Soon to be Tobacco-Free
(Largo, FL - November 2010) - Don’t expect to see any use of tobacco at Largo Medical Center or its affiliated facilities starting in 2011. That’s because, starting January 1, 2011 every inch of the hospital and its affiliated facilities — even the parking lots — will be tobacco-free.
“The negative impact of tobacco use is well publicized. In our on-going effort to promote healthcare excellence in our community, it only makes sense we provide a healthy environment for all who access Largo Medical Center and its campuses,” said Richard H. Satcher, Largo Medical Center Chief Executive Officer.
“Our goal of becoming a tobacco-free hospital is to provide a safe and healthy environment for all, including patients, visitors, physicians, volunteers and employees. We don’t want our message to be misinterpreted – we’re not asking individuals to stop smoking – we are asking individuals not to smoke or use tobacco on our grounds.”
Across Florida and the United States, many healthcare providers have taken steps to reduce tobacco exposure to patients, employees, volunteers and visitors by becoming tobacco-free organizations. Largo Medical Center will join that growing trend and become a tobacco-free facility January 1, 2011.