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Smoking Ban Increased at Brody

By Doug Boyd

Come Jan. 1, smoking on the ECU health sciences campus will be limited to two smoking areas, and only ECU employees and students may smoke.

This change moves the smoking areas away from the Brody Medical Sciences Building and prohibits smoking by patients and visitors. The new smoking areas are a pair of gazebos near the retention pond on the health sciences campus.

The goal is to create a uniform smoke-free environment on the health sciences campus. Until now, smoking was allowed in several areas near the Brody Medical Sciences Building where smoke could waft into the entrances of patient-care areas, and the colleges of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences brought east campus policies to the new Health Sciences Building when they moved there in 2006.

“The immediate and practical goals for a new policy were to create a uniform approach to smoking at the health sciences campus; to prevent employee and student exposure to second-hand smoke, both inside buildings and at entrances; and to prevent degradation of the environment or hazardous situations, such as cigarette litter, fires and smoking near gas tanks,” said Dr. Marian Swinker, director of prospective health at the Brody School of Medicine.

“The long-term goal was to foster a healthier workforce and send a message about the health risks of smoking.”

Swinker cited studies showing regulating workplace smoking may reinforce a desire to quit in some and cut smoking by three to five cigarettes a day by others.

12/10/08
This page originally appeared in the Dec. 12, 2008 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at http://www.ecu.edu/news/poe/Arch.cfm.