Genesis Healthcare Systems is going tobacco free, starting January first of next year.
Wellness Nurse Practitioner, Kathy Blair, says the insides of all Genesis facilities are already tobacco free because Ohio law requires it.
“This will now encompass the campuses, the parking lots, and areas that are leased and owned by Genesis, ” says Blair.
Blair says groundwork for the idea began back in April. She says it’s an issue Genesis doesn’t take lightly.
“As a healthcare industry, we are obligated to the health and well-being of individuals. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States. So, we’re wanting to move forward as a commitment to our community towards better health, ” says Blair.
Blair says each facility plans to strictly enforce the tobacco free policy.
Genesis is following about 85 percent of other hospitals across the state that are also adopting tobacco free environments.