According to a press release, at the turn of the year, no tobacco use of any kind will be permitted -- inside or outside -- of Hamilton Center properties, which will include the "elimination of designated smoking areas outside Hamilton Center facilities where employees, patients, clients and visitors are currently permitted to use tobacco."
"As a healthcare organization, we are committed to the health and safety of our employees and patients," Executive Director of Administrative Services Mel Burks said.
"We believe that we have a responsibility to take an important role on this major health issue and establishing our entire workplace as tobacco-free firmly supports that belief."
According to the release, "An average of 10,000 Hoosiers die each year from tobacco and is the root cause of many illnesses and lost productivity.
"The U.S. Surgeon General has confirmed that exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke is a serious health hazard and that there is no risk-free level of exposure.
"Tobacco use in and around healthcare facilities poses health and safety risks for patients, employees and visitors."