Lake Regional Goes Smoke Free

1 decade 10 months 1 week ago November 17, 2005 Nov 17, 2005 Thursday, November 17 2005 Thursday, November 17, 2005 9:03:31 PM CST in News

"Today we are all doing well, but come back next Monday," said Assistant Dietary Director Colette Marlatt.

Marlatt slapped on two patches and started eating Tic-Tacs the moment she came to work.

"I'm a chimney," she said.

Although employees have the choice to continue smoking, the hospital is providing classes for people who want to quit.

"I think the hospital has gone above and beyond trying to assist the employees. As much as the smokers don't want to admit that," Marlatt said.

"They can have free nicotine gum or free nicotine patches. We want them to consider either quitting or consider how to get through the day without smoking," said Laura Gajda, the Director of Public Relations.

The gift shop will sell gum and patches for visitors. Cards serves as a reminder to visitors that Lake Regional is going smoke-free inside the hospital and also in the parking lot. The difference is obvious when comparing the campus from just a month ago because the smoke has cleared.

Lake Regional is one of four hospitals across Missouri to go smoke-free Thursday. St. Mary's and Capitol Region in Jefferson City celebrated one year anniversaries of smoke-free campuses.

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