The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is banning smoking and smokeless-tobacco use by its employees, students, doctors and volunteers during the work day starting next July.
UPMC previously made its hospitals and campuses smoke-free in 2007, though workers could leave the grounds and buildings to smoke. Starting July 1, 2014 that will not be allowed and smoke breaks will be banned. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports the hospital network will offer a free smoking cessation program to its employees.
UPMC will still hire smokers; they will just have to quit or refrain from tobacco use during their shifts. Dr. Timothy Cline, senior director of UPMC Health Plans' clinical training and development, says the policy is aimed at the "health and well-being" of patients, employees and visitors.
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