Mercy Hospital of Buffalo Declares “Independence from Smoking”

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July 3, 2009

Besides celebrating our nation’s independence, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo will declare “Independence from Smoking Day” as the hospital becomes a smoke-free campus on July 4, 2009. The new anti-smoking policy will cover all hospital property and affiliated locations including buildings, parking areas, grounds, and adjacent sidewalks.

“As a healthcare provider committed to improving the health of our patients and our community, we are taking this important step in the fight against heart and lung disease by becoming a smoke-free campus,” said Charles J. Urlaub, Mercy Hospital President and CEO.

“A committee of associates at Mercy Hospital worked hard over recent months to prepare for this change in the hospital’s smoking policy,” Urlaub continued. “We felt it was critical to get input from our own staff. We also recognize and look forward to joining the many other organizations, restaurants, airlines and public facilities in our community that have gone before us to institute smoke-free policies.”