Smoke and Tobacco Free Campus
On July 4, 2007, Good Samaritan Hospital (GSH) became a smoke and tobacco-free campus. The policy applies to all employees, physicians, patients, visitors, contractors, vendors, and volunteers as well as the general public. It prohibits the use of any tobacco products—cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chew, snuff, and dip—indoors or outdoors, including all parking garages, lots, sidewalks, and streets within campus boundaries.
This bold move is in alignment with GSH’s goal to make Dayton a healthier community. Since tobacco use is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in the United States, the GSH tobacco free campus is doing its part to encourage a healthy lifestyle. The change goes beyond the current Ohio law which mandates that all tobacco usage must occur outside of buildings. By moving tobacco products completely off the hospital campus, GSH is making strides in improving the quality of life for patients, visitors, and employees of the hospital.
Members of the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association (GDAHA), including GSH, unanimously adopted a region-wide tobacco free campus recommendation. As of January 1, 2008, 18 hospitals in Dayton and surrounding areas implemented tobacco free environments for better health, longevity, and quality of life for their patients, visitors, and staff.