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John C. Lincoln Health Network Is Tobacco-Free

Smoking, tobacco products are prohibited on John C. Lincoln properties

John C. Lincoln Health Network instituted a smoke-free, tobacco-free policy on Sept. 1, 2010. This policy reflects John C. Lincoln's commitment to providing quality care and a healing environment for our patients and their families. Patients who use tobacco products do not recover as quickly as those who do not. By making our campuses completely tobacco-free, we are able to limit the effect of secondhand smoke in all of our locations.

Patients will be provided, upon physician order, nicotine substitutes to help with the withdrawal of nicotine. Nicotine replacement products are also available within our gift shops for visitors, if needed.

Use of smoking tobacco and all other tobacco products is prohibited on any of the Network's properties — inside and outside, including parking areas.

Reporting Tobacco Use

If you encounter someone who is using tobacco (whether smoking or chewing tobacco) on the grounds of a John C. Lincoln Health Network facility, we encourage you call a hospital operator:

Deer Valley Hospital campus:

623-879-6100

North Mountain Hospital campus:

602-943-2381

The operator will relay your message to the most appropriate person to respond. Appropriate action will be taken, on your behalf, to enforce our tobacco-free policy. As a patient or visitor, you need not confront the smoker directly.

Please be advised that John C. Lincoln employees have been trained on how to approach patients and visitors if they are using tobacco products on our campuses. Tobacco users will be asked to discontinue tobacco usage immediately.

Smoking and Tobacco-Free Campus Policy

Below is the full text of our Smoking and Tobacco-Free Campus Policy, which came into effect on Sept. 1, 2010. If you are patient or visitor who uses tobacco, or if you have a loved one who uses tobacco and is a John C. Lincoln patient, we encourage you to review this policy carefully.

1.0 PURPOSE

1.1 This policy establishes all John C. Lincoln facilities and campuses as smoke-free and tobacco-free environments, dedicated to the health of co-workers and patients alike. This policy defines guidelines for patients and visitors, consistent with Human Resources Policy H.8651.018, which more specifically pertains to employees, medical staff and volunteers. This policy exceeds the requirements of state law, A.R.S. 36-601.01 Smoke Free Arizona Act and is to define the North Mountain and Deer Valley hospital campuses for the purpose of tobacco free status.

2.0 POLICY

2.1 John C. Lincoln Health Network recognizes smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco products as a potential health risk to users and passersby in all instances. In keeping with John C. Lincoln's mission, the organization is committed to assisting people "to enjoy the fullest gift of health" by creating a smoke-free and tobacco-free environment, and by offering cessation resources whenever it is practical.

2.2 Smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco products is prohibited in any building owned or leased by John C. Lincoln, on any property owned or leased by John C. Lincoln and on John C. Lincoln campuses. Tobacco is defined as any tobacco product including cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco or chew tobacco, as well as herbs and tobacco-less cigarettes or like products.

2.3 Patients and visitors may not smoke or use smokeless tobacco products inside any parked or moving vehicle on John C. Lincoln property and campuses at any time.

2.3.1 The North Mountain campus is defined as all buildings, structures, lawns, driveways, parking garages and parking areas between Central to Sixth Street and Dunlap to Hatcher.

2.3.2 The Deer Valley campus is defined as 27th Avenue to the east side of the employee garage and from the boundary at PetSmart to the boundary at the 101 freeway (see campus map). Also included is the campus located at 19636 N. 27th Avenue and 19646 N. 27th Avenue.

2.3.3 The North Valley Business Center is defined as the entire 22 acre campus from the I-17 to 23rd Avenue and from Utopia to the north property line.

2.3.4 The Tatum campus is defined as the building and all parking and landscaped areas surrounding the building.

2.3.5 For Physician Network offices located in building not owned by John C. Lincoln, the “campus” is defined as the building and all parking and landscaped areas surrounding the building, regardless of whether or not the property is smoke-free.

2.4 All members of the John C. Lincoln management staff and security who personally observe violations have a duty to report violations to the respective department leader as soon as possible. Staff is encouraged to report such violations.

3.0 PROCEDURE

Patient

3.1 The Network will provide to patients, upon physician order, nicotine substitutes to assist with the withdrawal of nicotine. Information about smoking cessation will be made available upon patient request.

3.2 When possible, patients shall be informed prior to admission (e.g. for planned admissions) and at the time of admission that smoking and the use of tobacco products is prohibited.

3.3 Signs are posted at the entrances to every building where feasible declaring the smoking/tobacco use prohibition and state law A.R.S. 36-601.01 Smoke Free Arizona Act.

3.4 Violations of this policy may be grounds for discharge "against medical advice" at the discretion of management/attending physician.

Visitor

3.5 Visitors will be advised of the smoking/tobacco use prohibition by signs posted at the entrances to every building where feasible.

3.6 Information cards will be made available to all staff to give to visitors who are observed smoking on JCL property and campuses.

3.7 Visitors who refuse to comply with the policy should be immediately reported to security for follow up.

3.8 Nicotine replacement products will be made available in the gift shops.

Help Available from ASHLine

If you are a smoker who is interested in trying to quit, the Arizona Smokers' Helpline (ASHLine) has been helping people quit tobacco since 1995. The organization offers Web-based quit services at ashline.org, as well as free telephone support.

ASHline provides quit coaches, many of whom are former tobacco users and are trained professionals who will help you customize and follow a quit plan. They act as your personal trainer for quitting tobacco and help you set goals, work toward a quit date, and provide support.

Just like a personal trainer, a quit coach will work with you one-on-one to keep you on track and help you make adjustments to your quit plan along the way.

To speak with a quit coach, call the Arizona Smokers' Helpline (ASHLine) at 1-800-556-6222.