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Eastern Long Island Hospital Goes Smoke-Free

Originally Posted: July 01, 2011

Eastern Long Island Hospital is committed to providing the healthiest environment possible for its patients, visitors, and employees. (Courtesy Photo: EILH)

Greenport - Eastern Long Island Hospital is pleased to announce its status as a smoke-free campus effective July 5, 2011. Smoking will no longer be permitted anywhere on Hospital property.

"Eastern Long Island Hospital is committed to providing the healthiest environment possible for its patients, visitors, and employees," states Paul J. Connor III, President/CEO. "This is a collaboration with the Suffolk County Department of Health to reduce tobacco use, which raises risk for multiple diseases. As a healthcare provider, we believe it is our responsibility to promote good health habits and discourage habits that increase health risks."

It is estimated that more than 126 million nonsmoking Americans continue to be exposed to secondhand smoke in homes, vehicles, workplaces, and public places. Most exposure to tobacco smoke occurs in homes and workplaces. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), almost 60 percent of U.S. children aged three through 11 years - or almost 22 million children - are exposed to secondhand smoke. The CDC reports that secondhand smoke contains at least 250 known toxic chemicals, including more than 50 that can cause cancer. Secondhand smoke causes heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmoking adults and a number of health conditions, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and respiratory infections, in children.

Besides the health risks, ELIH officials say smoking on hospital grounds raises security concerns and poses a fire hazard. A smoldering cigarette is a fire hazard because it likely to ignite a flammable material that might be nearby. In addition, cigarette butts that are discarded on the ground often find their way into waterways and are detrimental to plants and wildlife.

For information on how to stop smoking, call 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487) or go to the New York State Smokers Quitline website for local resources.

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