Why are we doing this?
We believe Barton Health leads the community in health promotion and wellness. As an institution dedicated to improving the health of our patients and community, we must show our commitment and leadership in tangible ways. A Smoke-Free Campus is the standard for many health care institutions and companies across the nation. Regional health organizations that are already 100 percent smoke-free include Renown Health, Tahoe Forest Health System, Marshall Medical Center, Carson Valley Medical Center, Sutter Medical Center and U.C. Davis Medical Center.
Don’t we have a right to smoke?
There is no legal right to smoke on private property. Barton has a right to create a tobacco and smoke-free environment within our buildings and grounds. This initiative is consistent with our goals of supporting good health and wellness. We are here to help everyone towards a healthier lifestyle.
How will patients, visitors and others learn of the ban?
We will announce the ban through the media and post signs around our property. We will send information to physicians and other health care providers, requesting they tell patients about our smoke-free initiative. Every patient admitted to this hospital will be informed of the policy. Brochures and posters will also help to spread the word.
Doesn’t this policy punish smokers?
Our new policy is not intended to punish anyone. It is designed to provide everyone with a healthy and safe environment. Our tobacco-cessation programs and related activities show our commitment and leadership in health promotion and disease prevention for our staff, patients and communities. We hope we provide the kinds of support that patients, visitors and staff need to take steps towards achieving better health.
What about other kinds of tobacco products, like chew or pipes?
The new policy bans use of other forms of tobacco, including chewing tobacco, cigars, pipes, e-cigarettes, marijuana and tobacco alternatives, such as clove cigarettes. Nicotine replacement therapy products (patches, gum, lozenges) are allowed.
What about visitors or patients who must stay on our property for lengthy periods of time?
If needed, patients will be offered withdrawal medications and cessation assistance, as appropriate, and under the direction of their physician. The Barton Memorial Gift Shop will also sell nicotine gum for those experiencing withdrawal from smoking.
Can I use nicotine-replacement therapy (NRT) products, like gum, lozenges, or patches at Barton?
Yes. Some smokers may choose to use NRT products —such at lozenges — to manage their nicotine cravings while at Barton. If you are still smoking or using tobacco, please be cautious if you choose to use nicotine-replacement therapy. Taking too much nicotine by using nicotine-replacement therapy while you still use tobacco can cause unpleasant side effects. If you want to use NRT, you may want to talk to your physician about appropriate dosing and use.
Will staff or visitors be able to smoke on public property adjoining our property, such as a public sidewalk?
Yes, but we ask that our employees and visitors respect our neighbors and their property. Those who choose to smoke off campus should be aware of fire danger and only smoke in safe areas and responsibly and properly dispose of cigarette butts.
Can I smoke inside my car?
If your car is parked in a Barton facility parking lot, you cannot smoke in it because the lot is part of our smoke-free zone.
How will Barton Health help tobacco users who want to quit?
Barton University has partnered with the American Lung Association to provide smoking cessation classes and medication support. Class starts January 9, 2014 and is a seven-week session. These classes are open to both Barton employees and the public. To sign up, call Gina Morros at 530-543-5882 or visit http://education.bartonhealth.org.
Download the FAQ document here.