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Published on October 14, 2014

CCHC is Going Tobacco-Free

In an effort to create a healthier environment for all who work at, stay in or visit our facilities, Cape Cod Healthcare will implement a tobacco-free policy throughout the entire system. As of January 1, 2015, the use of any tobacco or unregulated nicotine (such as e-cigarettes) product will be prohibited inside and on the grounds of all CCHC facilities.

“The reason for the new policy is simple. We are a healthcare system and our mission is to treat and heal illness and disease, which means we must not only provide the best care possible, but we must also lead by example,” said Michael K. Lauf, President and CEO of Cape Cod Healthcare (CCHC). “Countless studies have documented the devastating effects of tobacco use on people’s health. The good news is that it is the single most preventable cause of death, disease and disability in the U.S.”

All physicians, employees and volunteers, as well as patients and visitors, will be required to comply with this new policy when it begins on January 1, 2015. Security departments at Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital will work to enforce the policy on hospital grounds, and adequate and educational signage and handouts will be provided at all CCHC facilities so patients and visitors can learn about this new initiative.

Patients and residents in CCHC facilities will not be permitted to use tobacco products, and, if observed doing so, will be asked to stop and will receive an informational card.

CCHC is providing education, counseling and other resources to help employees and volunteers reduce or quit the use of tobacco and unregulated nicotine products.

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