University Hospitals & Clinics go tobacco-free, entire campus to follow

Feb. 19-28, 2011 /

UT Southwestern University Hospitals & Clinics became tobacco-free on Feb. 14, and the tobacco ban will extend to the entire campus July 1.

The move, spurred by concerns for the health and safety of patients, visitors, faculty and staff, will culminate with the elimination of all designated on-campus smoking areas.

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“I understand that this total ban on the use of tobacco will pose a hardship for some, but after considerable discussion with many on campus, I feel that given everything we now know about the harmful health effects of tobacco and secondary smoke, as a medical center, it is essential for us to take this step,” said Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, president of UT Southwestern.

A variety of cessation programs are available through UT Southwestern’s insurance provider, the American Cancer Society and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Employees with questions about tobacco-free benefits are encouraged to contact Human Resources at 214-648-9830.