JUNE 2, 2016— Underscoring its position as an advocate for wellness,
and to encourage healthy choices for the community, Marshall Medical Center
will become a smoke-free facility effective July 1, 2016.
Marshall campuses, including the Hospital, Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills,
Georgetown and all clinic and outpatient locations, will no longer allow
smoking on Marshall property. This includes vaporizers or e-cigarettes.
“The need for this policy is clear,” says Marshall CEO James
Whipple. “Our mission is to improve the health of our community,
so it’s impossible to justify supporting a habit that is not only
terrible for the smoker’s health, but can affect others as well.
The policy change is in line with all other healthcare facilities in the
region, which have already gone to smoke-free environments.”
To provide support to the community and to employees who smoke, Marshall
will be offering smoking cessation sessions free of charge to all, as follows:
LOCATION: Marshall Hospital, South Wing Lobby 5:30- 7:30 p.m.
Mondays, June 13
Tuesdays, July 12
Mondays, August 8
For more information and to register, call 530-626-2990.
When this change takes effect on July 1, signs will remind everyone of
the new policy, and employees will be asked to help patients and visitors
comply with the change. “We appreciate the community’s support
and understanding of why we need to make this change, and are confident
that over time, it will just become an expectation of being at Marshall,”
Whipple adds. “Our biggest hope is that through our supportive smoking
cessation resources, that we can positively affect the health of our patients
and the community-at-large.”
WHY KICKING THE HABIT IS IMPORTANT Here are some startling facts about
what smoking does to your health, courtesy of the American Lung Association
- Every year in the United States, nearly 500,000 people die from tobacco
use and secondhand smoke exposure, making it the leading cause of preventable
death in our nation.
- Cigarette smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, at least 69 of which
are known to cause cancer.
- Smoking is directly responsible for approximately 90 percent of lung cancer
deaths and approximately 80 percent of deaths caused by chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
- Among adults who have ever smoked daily, 87 percent had tried their first
cigarette by the time they were 18 years of age, and 95 percent had by age 21.
- Among current smokers, chronic lung disease accounts for 73 percent of
smokingrelated conditions. Even among smokers who have quit, chronic lung
disease still accounts for 50 percent of smoking-related conditions.
- Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body, and is a main cause of lung
cancer and COPD. It also is a cause of coronary heart disease, stroke
and a host of other cancers and diseases.
YOU CAN QUIT. MARSHALL CAN HELP. ENROLL IN OUR FREE SMOKING CESSATION CLASSES
NOW BY CALLING THE NUMBER PROVIDED IN THE MAIN ARTICLE.
Marshall Medical Center is an independent, nonprofit community healthcare
provider located in the heart of the Sierra Foothills. Marshall Medical
Center includes Marshall Hospital, a fully accredited acute care facility
with 113 beds in Placerville; several outpatient facilities in Cameron
Park, El Dorado Hills and Georgetown; and many community health and education
programs. Marshall has more than 200 board-certified physicians and 1,500
employees providing quality healthcare services to more than 180,000 residents
of El Dorado County.