Lafayette’s public hospital is going smoke-free on Feb. 1, bringing its policies in line with every private hospital in the city.
University Hospital & Clinics, a state-owned hospital privately managed by Lafayette General Health, will ban cigarettes, e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipes and cigars on all hospital property, including buildings, sidewalks and parking lots, UHC announced Monday.
All other hospitals in Lafayette have implemented similar smoke-free campus polices over the past six years.
Lafayette General Health, which took over management of UHC in 2013, already has smoke-free policies in place at all of its hospitals in the Acadiana region, including Lafayette General Medical Center, Lafayette General Surgical Hospital, St. Martin Hospital, Acadia General Hospital and Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital, said Lafayette General Health spokesman Daryl Cetnar.
“Tobacco use is one of the leading causes of preventable death and disease in Louisiana,” UHC CEO Jared Stark said in a written statement. “Our job at UHC is to save lives and prevent disease, so becoming 100 percent tobacco free not only makes sense, but it is part of our obligation to the community.”