In support of our mission to help people lead longer, better lives, the USA Health System is completely tobacco free, effective August 1, 2015. This policy applies to employees, patients and visitors at USA Medical Center, USA Children's & Women's Hospital, the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, and all the clinics of the USA Physicians Group, including the Springhill Avenue Campus. It will cover all areas, including parking lots.
A group including representatives from both hospitals, MCI, and the physicians' practice developed the Health System's unified Tobacco Free Policy [PDF]. To learn more about the tobacco free policy for the rest of the University, including main campus, please visit www.southalabama.edu/specialprojects/tobaccofree/.
Thank you in advance for your efforts to support the healthiest environment for our patients and employees.
Several physicians from the USA Health System put together a multi-part series about tobacco cessation. Read their articles at the links below:
Tobacco Cessation - Part 1: Tobacco use can have severe effects on all aspects of a person's life and those around them. According to Dr. Ehab Molokhia, associate professor of family medicine at the USA College of Medicine and a family practitioner with USA Physicians Group, tobacco is a major contributor to premature deaths in Alabama and across the United States.
Tobacco Cessation - Part 2: The benefits of quitting smoking begin within hours of cessation. Although the withdrawal symptoms go away after about two weeks, the urge to smoke cigarettes may still occur. USA internist Dr. Alana Schilthuis says the key is to replace tobacco with a new behavior.
Tobacco Cessation - Part 3: Once you stop using tobacco products, the next step in the process is staying on track. Dr. Robert Hanks, director of counseling and testing services at USA, says the main component for quitting smoking and staying tobacco-free is identifying your personal barriers and ways to avoid or cope with those barriers.
The University of South Alabama offers many Tobacco Cessation Resources for faculty, staff and employees. You can download a full list of resources for employees, or you can contact Dr. Candace Park, the Employee Assistance Program Counselor, at (251) 461-1346 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional resources are available at the links below:
American Lung Association
1-800-Lung-USA or 1-802-876-6500
American Cancer Society
American Heart Association
National Cancer Institute
1-800-4-CANCER or 1-800-422-6237
American Medical Association
National Center for Tobacco-Free Kids
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
American Psychological Association
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
Tobacco Dependence Treatment Research and Information
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (For pregnant women)
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