Smoke and Tobacco Free Campus
On October 1, 2007, Upper Valley Medical Center (UVMC) 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.
Since tobacco use is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in the United States, the UVMC tobacco free campus initiative is doing its part to encourage healthy living. The change goes beyond the current Ohio law that mandates that all tobacco use must occur outside of buildings. By moving tobacco products completely off the hospital campus, UVMC is making strides in improving the quality of life for patients, visitors, and employees of the hospital.
On January 1, 2007, 20 hospitals in the Greater Cincinnati Health Council, including Upper Valley Medical Center, took a collective leadership role in improving the health of their communities by making their entire campuses tobacco-free. The following year members of the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association (GDAHA) unanimously adopted a region-wide tobacco-free campus - adding 18 hospitals in the Dayton and surrounding areas to the tobacco-free policy. Today more than 40 hospitals across southwest Ohio have implemented tobacco-free environments for better health, longevity, and quality of life for their patients, visitors, and staff.