RICHLAND, Wash. - Kennewick General Hospital is making plans to completely ban smoking from every part of its campus.
After January 1, 2010 any tobacco products will not be permitted on hospital grounds or any other KGH campus. The hospital administration wants KGH to be an example for healthy living.
"Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. For us to become smoke free, it's a great way to help our community get healthy," said Theresa Long with the KGH Marketing Department.
To help employees and visitors who want to stop smoking, KGH will offer free cessation classes, and provide nicotine replacement therapy in hopes of meeting their goal of a smoke free campus by January 1st.
KGH seems to be the last hospital in the area to go smoke free. Kadlec and Lourdes hospitals have already banned smoking on their campuses.