Fairmont General Hospital has issued a new policy prohibiting the use of tobacco on hospital property.
It will take effect on Tuesday, April 15 at the FGH campus and all off-site locations.
The hospital said it's an essential step in promoting healthy living within the community and initiating the policy at all of its locations helps provide a healthy environment for its patients and staff.
Prior to the official launch date of the new Tobacco Free policy, hospital officials are educating the staff and physicians about the changes.
They said everyone, including smokers, have been very supportive.
"It's been overall positive. Of you're going to have some nay-sayers but the overall response has been very positive when we polled our staff," said Jackie Norris, FGH Nurse Manager of Med Search and Oncology. "We did do a survey and we really did get positive results."
The hospital put up a 'Tobacco Free Display' on Wednesday to help educate patients and staff on the policy. The display aims to educate patients and staff as well as provide an opportunity to ask questions about the policy.
"We have given our staff time to adjust to the idea of going Tobacco Free for a long time now and I think most are prepared for the change," said Peggy Coster, FGH President and CEO.