April 28, 2010
St. Petersburg, FL (April 28, 2010) - Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, with smoking being linked to an estimated 440,000 deaths every year – roughly one in every five deaths.
Across Florida and the United States, many healthcare providers have taken steps to reduce exposure to patients, employees, volunteers and visitors by becoming tobacco-free organizations. St. Petersburg General Hospital will join that growing trend as we go tobacco-free July 1, 2010.
“Tobacco use contributes to many preventable diseases, including cancer, heart disease and stroke,” said Robert B. Conroy, Jr., chief executive officer at St. Petersburg General Hospital. “Our decision to provide a tobacco-free campus allows us to continue our mission of improving the health of this community. This is the right thing to do for our patients, employees, and visitors.” The new policy will prohibit tobacco use on the St. Petersburg General Hospital site, including patients, employees, physicians, volunteers, visitors or vendors. St. Petersburg General Hospital will have smoking cessation programs available, and there are additional resources in the community that can help.