DOVER-FOXCROFT - Mayo Regional Hospital becomes a totally tobacco-free campus for all patients, visitors and employees on May 31, World No Tobacco Day.
"Mayo is taking this action in order to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all," said Ralph Gabarro, Mayo CEO. "In addition, as a healthcare institution, Mayo recognizes that it is inconsistent to its mission to enable an activity that has proven to degrade health and lead to serious illness. The hospital also recognizes the impact of second-hand smoke on those who do not smoke."
He said the smoke-free policy will help Mayo fulfill its community leadership role as a source for health, healing and education, with an emphasis on wellness and health promotion.
As a result of the smoke-free, tobacco-free campus policy, there will be no smoking or other use of tobacco products in all buildings, on the grounds, in all parking areas, and in all leased or rented space where Mayo Regional Hospital employees work. This includes not only the hospital campus in Dover-Foxcroft, but also Mayo physician offices in Corinna, Dexter, Dover-Foxcroft, Guilford and Milo.
Use of tobacco products is also prohibited in vehicles owned by Mayo.
Patients will be offered information, withdrawal medications, and tobacco cessation assistance as appropriate. Mayo employees have been offered information and referred to resources both within and external to the hospital to assist them in complying with the policy.
It will be the responsibility of physicians to educate their patients about the smoke-free campus policy prior to admission to the hospital. Patient Registration staff will review the policy with patients and family at the time of admission. Mayo will also notify patients and family of the policy through printed materials, signage, advertising and verbal notification.
Hospital employees who notice violations of the tobacco-free policy will be responsible for making the offending individual aware of the policy. While alerting or reminding individuals of the policy, understanding, respect, tact and good manners are to be employed.
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