Lahey Clinic to go tobacco free on Independence Day

Release Date: 07/02/2008

Margie Coloian
Communications and Marketing
Phone: (781) 744-3859

Lahey Clinic to go tobacco free on Independence Day

BURLINGTON, MA—To promote a healthier environment for patients, visitors and colleagues, Lahey Clinic will kick off a 100 percent tobacco-free policy on Independence Day, joining hundreds of hospitals in the nation that have eliminated tobacco use on their campuses. Starting July 4, use of tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and pipe fill) will not be allowed on any Lahey Clinic property, both inside and outside, including entrances and walkways, leased buildings, and all parking facilities.

The move underscores the medical center's strong stand against the devastating human toll that the direct use of tobacco and secondhand smoke cause.

Lahey Clinic remains sensitive to the challenges facing individuals who use tobacco during this transition and will help those who want to quit tobacco use, or cope without it while at the Clinic. Supportive measures, like tobacco cessation sessions, nicotine replacement therapy (gum, lozenge and the patch) and prescription medication are available to hospitalized patients. Hospitalized patients who use tobacco will be given a resourceful toolkit that includes tips for quitting and materials about tobacco cessation services available at Lahey. In addition, a clinician from the smoking cessation program is available to consult with patients at the bedside.

Lahey colleagues can also take advantage of the same cessation supports for a limited time at no cost.

Tobacco cessation sessions are also available to outpatients and visitors. Additional resources available for tobacco users in the Lahey Clinic community:

About Lahey Clinic
Lahey Clinic, a physician-led, nonprofit group practice, is world-renowned for innovative technology, pioneering medical treatment, and leading-edge research. A teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine, the Clinic provides quality health care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty, from primary care to cancer diagnosis and treatment to kidney and liver transplantation.