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Lighting up common despite hospital smoking bans

Dallas Morning News, April 24, 2008

Several hospitals across the nation have instituted policies banning smoking anywhere on their properties, although enforcing these policies is easier said than done. Inspectors who certify hospitals may take an interest, however: The Joint Commission says hospitals at a minimum cannot allow smoking in buildings. Beyond that, hospitals must follow the extra smoking rules they set up, and too many violations can jeopardize government funding.