Anne Arundel Medical Center expands tobacco policy

Anne Arundel Medical Center is broadening its tobacco policy in a move that will impact anyone who visits the facility as well as how the medical center makes future hires.

Starting July 1 of this year, the medical center will expand its “tobacco-free” zones and ban e-cigarettes. The expanded policy will include all Anne Arundel Medical Center facilities and tobacco-free zones will include sidewalks, parking lots and garages.

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There will be no designated smoking or tobacco use areas and the policy applies to all employees, physicians, patients, vendors, volunteers, students and visitors.

On July 1, 2015, the medical center plans to stop hiring those who use tobacco products. The policy will not apply to people already working for the medical center.

"Going tobacco-free is a global public health goal. Smoking and tobacco use are the leading cause of preventable death worldwide," Stephen Cattaneo, medical director of thoracic oncology in the DeCesaris Cancer Institute at AAMC, said in a release. "We are not only dedicated to the preservation of health and prevention of disease, but we also want to provide a safe and healthy work environment and promote the health and well-being of our employees, visitors and patients.”

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