martes, 3 de febrero de 2015

Pittsburgh Mercy Health System latest to go tobacco-free – 1 de Febrero de 2015 – EEUU

Pittsburgh Mercy Health System on Sunday became the latest health care provider in the Pittsburgh area to go tobacco-free.

The ban covers nearly every tobacco- and vapor-based product available, from cigarettes to snus to e-cigarettes, and affects not only patients, but employees, even when they are on designated work breaks.

“The word ‘health' being very important to us, we needed to be concerned about the people we serve and their families, but also the people who work for us and their families,” said Mark Rogalsky, manager of prevention services for the health system. “It goes along with our drug-free workplace policy.”

There are about 1,700 employees at the health system, which doesn't have an acute-care hospital, but offers physical and mental health care to adults and children. Mercy hospital, Uptown, is part of UPMC.

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