Congratulations to the Lake District Hospital Board on their decision to make Lake District Hospital a tobacco free property.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and chronic illness in the United States and Lake County is no exception. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 443,000 people die each year from cigarette smoking. In Lake County, nearly one in 20 residents suffer from a serious illness caused by tobacco and 20 residents die each year from tobacco use. People who use tobacco suffer from debilitating chronic illness at a higher rate than non-tobacco users. Doctors have known for a long time that people who smoke tend to have more complications during surgeries and are more likely to suffer complications after.
Tobacco free hospital properties promotes a healthier environment for patients and visitors by eliminating second hand smoke and supporting those who have and want to quit. Studies show that tobacco free properties support people who are trying to quit tobacco by removing sights and smells that may trigger them to smoke a cigarette.
Lake District Hospital is an important organization in our community. The Board’s commitment to improving the health of their patients, employees and visitors is an inspiration to all public and private organizations and my hope is that it encourages others to make similar changes.
Beth Hadley, RN
Tobacco Prevention Coordinator
Lake County Public Health