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policy 0005 : Creating a Tobacco Free Environment at the Medical Center

To protect the health and safety of all persons (patients, vendors/contractors and employees of the Medical Center, the University Physicians Group), the University of Virginia Medical Center is a tobacco-free environment. The use of any tobacco product (including but not limited to cigarettes, pipe tobacco, cigars, and chewing tobacco), is prohibited in buildings, parking garages and on Medical Center grounds, as illustrated on the attached map.

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  1. effective date:

    October 1, 2017
  2. content:

    POLICY:

     

    To protect the health and safety of all persons (patients, visitors, vendors/contractors and employees of the Medical Center, the University, and the University Physicians Group), the University of Virginia Medical Center is a tobacco-free environment.  The use of any tobacco product (including but not limited to cigarettes, pipe tobacco, cigars, and chewing tobacco), is prohibited in buildings, parking garages and on Medical Center grounds, as illustrated on the attached map.   

     

    PROCEDURE:

     

    1. All Medical Center employees, University Physicians Group employees, and University employees working in the Medical Center, are expected to adhere to this policy as a condition of employment.  Security Officers and Medical Center management shall issue a notice to any employee who violates this policy.  A copy of the notice of violation shall be sent to Medical Center Human Resources.  Medical Center Human Resources staff shall notify the employee’s immediate supervisor of the violation.  In the case of University employees, Medical Center Human Resources staff shall notify the University’s Human Resources Office of the violation.  In the case of University Physicians Group employees, Medical Center Human Resources staff shall notify the University Physicians Group Human Resources Office of the violation.  Employees receiving the notice are subject to disciplinary action for failure to follow applicable policy.  
    2. All visitors to the Medical Center are expected to adhere to the requirements of this policy.  Security Officers and Medical Center management will inform visitors that violation of this policy puts the health and safety of others at risk.  If a visitor engages in conduct that violates this policy and refuses to desist, or becomes combative, the visitor will be asked to leave the property.  If circumstances warrant, a trespass order will be issued prohibiting the individual from coming onto Medical Center property except to receive medical care or for restricted patient visitation.  
    3. All vendors and contractors of the Medical Center are expected to adhere to the requirements of this policy.  Security Officers and Medical Center management will inform vendors and contractors that violation of this policy puts the health and safety of others at risk.  If a vendor or contractor engages in conduct that violates this policy and refuses to desist, or becomes combative, the vendor/contractor will be asked to leave the property.  If circumstances warrant, a trespass order will be issued prohibiting the individual from coming onto Medical Center property except to receive medical care or for restricted patient visitation.
    4. All patients are expected to adhere to the requirements of this policy.  Inpatients shall be asked about their use of tobacco products upon admission and shall be provided information about their options related to Nicotine Replacement Therapy and/or other appropriate resources. 
    5. Ash urns are placed at designated points outside boundaries of the tobacco-free zone for appropriate disposal of tobacco waste materials before entering Medical Center grounds.  
    6. Additional information for patients is available on the Medical Center’s Tobacco-free Website http://uvahealth.com/patients-visitors-guide/smoke-free).  For guidance regarding the use of E-cigarettes at the Medical Center, please see Medical Center Policy No. 0314 “Use of Electronic Cigarettes”.   
  3. signature(s):

    Pamela M. Sutton-Wallace, CEO, UVA Medical Center
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