Since 2008, Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital has been a tobacco-free campus. Both inside and outside all HCMH buildings, employees and visitors can enjoy fresh air that is also free of tobacco-related litter. Hugh Chatham is dedicated to the health and well-being of everyone who comes to us, and we thank you for not smoking.
Our Tobacco Policy
At HCMH, we view tobacco use as the health and safety hazard for what it is...dangerous. With that in mind, we have gone to great lengths to implement a “tough love” approach to tobacco:
- Tobacco use in any form by anyone – visitors and employees – is strictly prohibited on hospital grounds.
- Visitors who smoke on campus will be asked to extinguish their smoking materials. If they refuse, they will be requested to leave the premises.
- Employees who smoke on campus may be reprimanded up to and including termination of employment.
Why Are Our Standards So Tough?
Smoking causes more preventable illness and death than just about anything. The dangers of smoking and secondhand smoke, and the poor example it sets for youth is much greater than allowing it.
In the interest of health and maintaining a clean environment, the use of snuff, chewing tobacco and other smokeless tobacco products is also prohibited.