Two Meridian Hospitals Opt for Tobacco-Free Environment

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Employees of Rush and Anderson hospitals have been informed that both will soon be smoke-free and tobacco-free, and that smoking current areas will go away.

Hospital officials say they understand this is going to be very difficult for the many smokers employed at the hospitals, so they are going to do their best to wean the smokers off tobacco products.

"In conjunction with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi, they are going to help us by covering the cost of prescription medications, if that is the route an employee wants to take," said Katie Chamblee of Anderson Hospital.

"I hope it says that we are concerned about your health," said Tim Moore of Rush Hospital. "We want to be a role model so that when you come to the hospital, you don't see smoking and things like that taking place. "

Going smoke-free is a common practice for hospitals. Riley Hospital in Meridian has already taken this step.

The schedule for both hospitals to stop the use of all tobacco products is June 1.

The smoking areas at Rush and Anderson will be shut down, and then the campuses will be totally smoke-free come Sept. 1.

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  • by PeterPan Location: Never Never Land Meridian on May 28, 2010 at 01:24 AM
    All the law makers are crying cause the tobacco revenues fell and thus part of the budget cuts. I've got something that we should put a ban on also. Nosey people that try and tell other people how to live their lives when they have their own skeletons in the closet. It's just so sad that America was founded on freedom. And now we as American's have less freedom today that when we did just 10 yrs ago. If the dogooders would focus their efforts towards the more important things in this country. And work as hard on them as they do this smoking issue we would see some real changes that might acutually do some good. I met a woman one time that was a biggot. She came from old money. She sat there and talked a tobacco like it was worse than meth. When I asked her what her grand parents and great grand parents did she said they where in tobacco. And I just said well you need to give all of your tobacco money away then if you dispize tobacco that bad. Her comment was "Are you crazy?"
  • by RR Location: lauderdale county on May 27, 2010 at 06:17 PM
    The anti smoking crowd is the same as the anti gun crowd.They won't stop until they get a total ban.before it is over they will ban smoking in any public place including your car.By the way I don't smoke.
  • by lf Location: De Kalb on May 27, 2010 at 04:08 PM
    I smoke and over weight, BUT feel much better when in any of the hospitals as I am slim when standing next to the staff. Then I am told to not smoke and drop weight. SO!
  • by MICHELE Location: MERIDIAN on May 27, 2010 at 12:17 PM
  • by Anonymous on May 27, 2010 at 11:48 AM
    Maybe staph infections will decrease now. How many doctors and/or nurses do you see outside smoking in the same attire they wear in the operating room? I have worked in it and seen plenty.
  • by KS Location: Meridian on May 27, 2010 at 10:39 AM
    If you want to smoke, take yourself to your car or truck. Roll the windows and light up. Stop whining and finding ways to not do something. Grow up.
  • by Lena Location: Meridian on May 27, 2010 at 09:33 AM
    I think they should keep the smoking area for guest of folks in hospital.It is not hurting anyone but themselves.They are outside,like Hammer said everyone generally has a crutch.I can see that Blue Cross may not want employees @ hospital to smoke/But do not make it inconviet for families of patients.We do still live in America don't we?
  • by bc Location: MS on May 27, 2010 at 08:32 AM
    Smoke free restaurants, public buildings, and bars. Why even question hospitals? Hammer> Try the chapel for stress. RR> The doctors should be the first ones to agree!
  • by Hammer Location: MS on May 27, 2010 at 06:00 AM
    Just great. Now when I have a family member in the hospital for several days I will have to leave them and the grounds to smoke. People are under a lot of stress when loved ones are ill and for smokers, they need to light up once in awhile. Before long the whole ______ county will ban smoking. I'd like to look into the personal lives of the ones who pass this junk. I'm sure I could find something that they should not be doing either.
  • by Anonymous on May 27, 2010 at 03:58 AM
    Why? We already have to go outside isn't that enough! Are we giving the cars driving by too much second hand or somthing?!
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