Tobacco Free Campus
Reedsburg Area Medical Center and Reedsburg Area Senior Life Center are tobacco-free. The tobacco-free environment means that smoking is no longer allowed on the grounds of the Medical Center and Senior Life Center.
How dangerous is tobacco use?
Cigarette smoking contains over 4,800 chemicals, 69% of which are known to cause cancer. Smoking is directly responsible for 90% of lung cancer deaths and approximately 80-90% of COPD (emphysema and chronic bronchitis) deaths.
The 2006 U.S. Surgeon General report, The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke, provides indisputable scientific evidence that secondhand smoke causes premature death and serious disease in nonsmokers. It is a serious health hazard and there is no risk-free level of exposure. Tobacco use in and around medical facilities poses health and safety risks for patients, residents, employees, volunteers and visitors.
- Every year, 7,215 Wisconsin residents die because of the effects of smoking.
- An average of 139 of our friends, co-workers and neighbors die every week in Wisconsin due to smoking.
- Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, causing more than 400,000 deaths each year.
- Secondhand smoke is the third leading cause of preventable death killing 53,000 people in the U.S. each year.
Frequently asked questions
- Why can’t individuals use tobacco products outside the Medical and Senior Life Centers?
Secondhand smoke has been proven hazardous to people’s health. As healthcare providers, medical facilities must provide an overall healthy environment to patients and visitors, inside and outside. Providing a tobacco-free environment also supports our mission to promote good health among our employees, patients, visitors and our community.
- Do staff, patients, residents and visitors have to quit using tobacco?
No. RAMC is not forcing anyone to quit. This policy means individuals can’t use tobacco products on Medical Center property. For those who are quitting tobacco use, a tobacco-free environment will help support their efforts.
- What about individual rights?
We want to maintain a healthy environment for patients, residents and visitors as well as our staff and volunteers. For this reason, we ask that individuals refrain from using tobacco products on this campus.
- How do patients who use tobacco products seek help?
Upon hospital admission, patients are asked by hospital staff if they use tobacco products. This will be forwarded to their physicians who can make arrangements to provide them with appropriate resources and/or medications. Stop smoking kits will also be available to assist patients.
Resources for tobacco cessation
- Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line 1-800-QUIT-NOW
- University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention (UW-CTRI) www.ctri.wisc.edu/index.html
- American Lung Association www.lungusa.org
- American Cancer Society http://www.lungusa.org
- American Heart Association http://www.lungusa.org
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://www.lungusa.org