Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, and secondhand smoke has known health risks. As a major provider of healthcare in the community, DeKalb Medical is committed to leading by example and creating a healthy environment for our patients, visitors, employees and volunteers. Effective January 1, 2011, smoking is not permitted by anyone on any DeKalb Medical campus, owned/leased property or in any hospital owned/leased vehicle. This also includes DeKalb Medical parking areas, as well as cars that are parked on hospital property.
Visitors who wish to smoke must leave the hospital grounds in order to do so. If you don’t wish to leave, nicotine replacement products will be available in all DeKalb Medical retail stores to help you with any urges or cravings. For those experiencing stressful situations and for whom products in the store would not be appropriate, there will be “emergency” items available on each patient floor. Ask a staff member if you need assistance.
If you are a patient scheduled for admission to the hospital, your physician will work with you to find ways to make you comfortable during your stay. He or she can provide you with information about smoking alternatives and, if necessary, write you a prescription for Nicotine Replacement Therapy or a pharmacological quit aid. There are also a variety of resources available for smoking cessation including Nicotine Anonymous 404.244.8444 and the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line 877.270.7867. You may also take advantage of these free APPS (applications) for your phone or iPhone. Each of these offers different ways to help you in your efforts to stop smoking. Both Android and iPhone options are provided:
We know that following a smoke-free policy can be very difficult (especially in a stressful situation), but we feel strongly that a smoke-free campus will provide a healthier environment and will underscore our commitment to support the health of our employees, patients and community. Read more to see a list of frequently asked questions about our smoke-free policy.
Thank you for choosing DeKalb Medical as your healthcare provider. We will do our best to keep you healthy and comfortable while you’re with us.