News at Medicine - October 2009 - Memorial endorses smoke-free policy at HSC


Memorial endorses smoke-free policy at HSC
October 8, 2009
The properties owned or operated by Memorial University in and around the Health Sciences Centre (HSC) are now smoke-free.
 

The Health Sciences Centre is operated jointly by Eastern Health and Memorial University. While the HSC spaces occupied by the Faculty of Medicine, Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy, the Animal Care Unit and the Biomedical Division of Technical Services are already smoke free under university policy, Memorial has agreed to a request from Eastern Health to follow its lead in making outdoor areas adjacent to the buildings smoke free as well.
 
Eastern Health’s request was an effort to have a consistent practice in place in the organizations’ shared properties inside Clinch Crescent.
 
“The university units in the HSC were concerned that inconsistent procedures regarding smoking would lead to confusion and to smokers congregating in Memorial’s part of the property,” said Kent Decker, Memorial’s vice-president (administration & finance). “Now MUN units that are co-located with Eastern Health units will follow new guidelines that are consistent with Eastern Health’s ban on smoking indoors and outdoors on properties it owns or operates.”
 
Mr. Decker noted that smoking cessation programs for MUN employees working in the HSC are available through Human Resources; call Laura Chapman at 737-7405 or email lchapman@mun.ca.