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Walla Walla hospitals ban smoking on New Year's Day

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. --  Two hospitals in Walla Walla are kicking off the New Year with a new rule and a resolution, no smoking on campus, or any of their medical centers.

Walla Walla General Hospital and Providence St. Mary Medical Center decided to begin their tobacco free campaign on the same day to make a statement.

"We did it for our employees, and we also did it to give a  clear message to our community that not only are we a hospital, but we want to promote folks health and healthy lifestyles.  We are worried about patients a little bit, but our hospital is happy to talk to patients when we admit them and if they need nicotine, they can put on a nicotine replacement patch for them," says Stan Ledington, the Administrative Director at Walla Walla General Hospital.

The hospitals are also offering all 1200 of their employees free smoking cessation classes.