ALL-OUT Tobacco-Free Campuses
Baptist Has Gone ALL OUT to Make Our Community a Healthier Place
Your health is of the utmost importance to us at Baptist. Because of this, we have joined other community health care facilities in making our campuses tobacco free.
Our campuses include all areas at each Baptist facility, including parking lots/garages, within personal vehicles on hospital property, within previously designated smoking areas, and sidewalks surrounding the buildings.
Upon your admission to any Baptist facility, please notify the admissions staff if you use tobacco. This information will be forwarded to your physician, who can make arrangements to provide you with nicotine replacement therapy products or discuss alternative resources for you.
The initiative began as a citywide campaign to eliminate tobacco use on all Memphis-area hospital campuses. Baptist has extended the policy to include all Baptist facilities, including our regional hospitals in Tennessee and Mississippi.
This policy has been endorsed by the Tennessee Hospital Association, the Tennessee Department of Health, Governor Phil Bredesen, the Mississippi Hospital Association, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, Governor Haley Barbour, and other health advocacy groups. It is intended to help Mid-South hospitals maintain the healthiest possible environment for patients, employees, and visitors.
Thank you for your cooperation as we move forward to improve the health of our community.
Resources to Help You Quit Using Tobacco
- Facts about the dangers of smoking
- Tennessee Quitline, 1-800-QUIT-NOW or 1-800-784-8669
- American Cancer Society, 1-800-ACS-2345
- United States Department of Health and Human Services
- American Heart Association
- American Lung Association
- Nicotine replacement products can help relieve withdrawal symptoms people experience when they quit smoking. Nicotine patches, nicotine gum and nicotine lozenges are available over-the-counter, and a nicotine nasal spray and inhaler are currently available by prescription.
- In addition, a doctor can prescribe non-nicotine pills such as Zyban and Chantix to help smokers quit.
- Nicotine replacement therapies are helpful in quitting when combined with a behavior change program such as the American Lung Association's Freedom From Smoking (FFS), which addresses psychological and behavioral addictions to smoking and strategies for coping with urges to smoke.