BAYSTATE HEALTH IS SMOKE-FREE!
Thank You for Supporting Our Smoke-free Environment
To ensure the health and safety of Baystate Health patients, visitors and employees, smoking is not permitted:
- In any Baystate Health patient room, building or office
- Outdoors on any Baystate Health property, including parking facilities
- At any event or program sponsored or presented by Baystate Health.
This 2007 policy is in line with the Baystate Health Mission: "To improve the health of the people in our communities every day, with quality and compassion."
The Smoke-Free Environment Policy
Smoking is strictly prohibited in all buildings and properties owned or leased by Baystate Health as well as on the grounds of those facilities, including:
Smoking is not permitted at Baystate Health-sponsored events.
Assistance for Patients and Visitors Who Smoke
The smoke-free environment may be uncomfortable for patients who smoke. Our support services will help patients and visitors who smoke comply with the policy while on Baystate Health property.
- Make sure hospital admissions staff and your nurse know you are a smoker so we can make support available to you
- Your nurse will ask you if you want to use a nicotine replacement product during your stay. If you do:
- The nurse will contact your physician to order an appropriate product.
- There is a high risk of medical complications if you smoke while using a nicotine replacement product.
- Be sure to tell the nurse how you are dealing with your cravings.
- Withdrawal peaks on the third day of not smoking. We will do all we can to help you deal with severe nicotine cravings.
- Close to your discharge date, you may ask to meet with a smoking cessation expert from the hospital who can help you find a quit smoking program in your community.
- Please remind your visitors about the Baystate Health no smoking policy and ask them to comply during their visits.
Visitors must observe the smoke-free policy for the health and comfort of you and other patients and visitors.
Smoke Cessation Options
A physician can help you determine which smoke cessation program and technique is best and safest for you:
- Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)- provides measured amounts of nicotine to help reduce cravings and other withdrawal symptoms. NRT comes in different forms
- Inhalation devices
- Acupuncture - involves inserting flexible needles into the skin to reduce the side effects of nicotine withdrawal.
- Behavior Modification Program - individual, group or telephone counseling can help the smoker:
- Understand his or her smoking history
- Understand his or her reasons for smoking
- Set a target date to quit
- Plan how to resist the urge to smoke.
- Hypnosis - can help strengthen motivation and reduce the physical and "habit" cravings for nicotine.
- Non-nicotine Medications - such as Zyban® or ChantixTM
Facts About Smoking
- Smoking is the leading cause of preventable illnesses and deaths in the United States.
- Smoking is the major cause of hospital admissions and re-admissions.
- More than 440,000 people die in the U.S. each year from smoking-related diseases.
- This is more than all alcohol, cocaine, crack, heroin, homicide, suicide, car crash, fire and AIDS deaths, combined.
- For every person who dies of a smoking-related disease, there are 20 more people who suffer from at least one serious illness associated with smoking.
- Smoking costs the U.S. nearly $150 billion a year in healthcare and other expenses.
- Patients who smoke:
- Have twice the risk of wound infection than do non-smokers
- Are slower to heal after surgery or trauma
- Have increased gastrointestinal, prenatal and orthopedic complications.
- Smoking in pregnancy accounts for:
- An estimated 20 to 30 percent of low-birth weight babies
- Up to 14 percent of preterm deliveries
- Some 10 percent of all infant deaths.
- Even apparently healthy, full-term babies being born with narrowed airways and curtailed lung function.
- Smoking parents causes adverse health effects in their children, including:
- Exacerbation of asthma
- Increased frequency of colds and ear infections
- Sudden infant death syndrome
- Secondhand smoke causes an estimated 150,000 to 300,000 cases of lower respiratory tract infections in children less than 18 months of age, resulting in 7,500 to 15,000 annual hospitalizations.