TMC facilities to become tobacco-free effective November 20

A countdown to better health is on at Texoma Medical Center. As a provider of healthcare services it is only natural that TMC and all of its locations become tobacco free.

Beginning November 20, 2008, TMC will not permit the use of any type of tobacco product in its buildings, on its grounds, or in privately-owned vehicles on its property.

For the past few months, TMC has begun to educate employees, patients and visitors to this new policy by posting signs throughout its facilities.

“Our property services department has even created a “count-down” wheel with educational material on the effects of smoking,” says Hattie Powell, TMC Compliance Officer and Tobacco-free Committee chairman.

“We understand that this will be a change for some people and we wanted to give tobacco users plenty of knowledge that this is coming.”

According to Powell, “Our goal has always been to be tobacco-free when we move into our new hospital. But as we’ve been planning for that new facility, it became obvious that there is no reason to wait. The effects of tobacco use are well documented and it only seems fitting that we begin now to help anyone that comes to our campus to be able to breathe freely. For patients, tobacco aids can be prescribed by their physician to help them with their nicotine cravings while in our care.”

In an effort to encourage employees to kick the habit, TMC is reminding them about the availability of participation in several tobacco-use cessation programs.

“We value our employees and want to support them in any way that we can, whether it’s by helping them to quit using tobacco products or to get involved in an exercise program.” says Bill Heinzmann, TMC Human Resources Director and committee member.

On November 20, also the date of the American Heart Association’s Great American Smokeout, TMC employees will be able to participate in a system-wide kickoff that will include education and giveaways.

For more information about Texoma Medical Center, visit us online at http://www.texomamedicalcenter.net.


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  • by anonymous Location: durant on Oct 27, 2008 at 11:21 AM
    I am an employee of MCSO. We went smoke free last year. The patients smoke in front of the hospital and in the parking lots, as well as their cars. Security is unable to do anything about it. It continues on a daily basis. Patients are smoking in their rooms by the windows and in the bathrooms. Until there is a city ban, it will continue, regardless of whether smoking is banned or not. Our employees are also smoking in their cars and on the back side of the DMC buidling. You cannot stop smokers if they do not want to stop.
  • by james Location: whitesboro on Oct 24, 2008 at 10:37 PM
    who cares if people smoke outside away from the building or in their cars. TMC needs to be more worried about patients on the inside than smokers on the outside.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2008 at 08:56 AM
    Smoker in Whitesboro...Calm down..get a smoke.
  • by Casi Location: Ector on Oct 23, 2008 at 08:05 AM
    May - I agree with your post and while it might be off the subject...since cigarette commercials were banned in the 70's, let's ban alcohol commercials, as well. Smoker - I'm an ex-smoker, gave up cold-turkey almost two years ago. If your car is parked in your "privately-owned" driveway, smoke away. But if it's parked in an area that bans smoking, then abide by the rules. You said you've never broken the law, so ...
  • by Mary Location: Sherman on Oct 23, 2008 at 07:49 AM
    While I agree, it sort of seems like they should have some place to smoke. These people arent leper's. Maybe we should also take a hard stand on alcohol get some of the drunk drivers off the road?
  • by SMOKER Location: WHITESBORO on Oct 23, 2008 at 05:54 AM
    I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE THAT DONT SMOKE TALK ABOUT PEOPLE THE WAY THEY DO THAT DO SMOKE. WE ARE NOT CRIMINALS. WE HAVE AN ADDICTION THAT SOME OF US JUST CANT SEEM TO BREAK. I ALWAYS TRY TO BE AS CONSIDERATE AS I CAN BUT WHEN I AM SMOKING IN MY OWN CAR NO MATTER WHERE, I DONT SEE WHERE I AM HURTING ANYONE BUT MYSELF.ASTHE STORY SAYS"PRIVATELY OWNED VEHICLE" AS MY HOME IS PRIVATELY OWNED.BUT I AM NOT A CRIMINAL AND HAVE NEVER BROKEN THE LAW BUT I DO SMOKE THAT SEEMS TO BE WORSE THAN BREAKING THE LAW.I CAN APPRECIATE NOT SMOKING WHERE THERE ARE NON SMOKER, I RESPECT THAT BUT IN MY OWN CAR, GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 22, 2008 at 10:35 AM
    As it should be. I hate walking thru smoke to get into a building.
  • by sherman Location: sherman on Oct 22, 2008 at 10:25 AM
    Good for you...but they will just go across the street and smoke in a residents yard like they do at WNJones in sherman. You can drive around the block of the hospital and see smokers all day long and It is not right for the person that live there. You would be surprised how you can smell the them if the wind is just right just standing in the front yard. Hospitals should have a room like a cage for the people to go into and smoke the nasty things.
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