The Just Case for 'Get-Tough' Anti-smoking Policies
The distinction with smoking cessation that should be made for the healthcare sector is the very nature of the healing mission. Healthcare can make the case that employees who smoke directly and negatively impact the people they are hired to serve.
IU Health has it right. Promoting smoking cessation in hospitals and in the provider community is a patient health issue. That by itself is a strong enough justification. The fact that it will also improve employee health, and quality of life, and lower employee healthcare costs is a bonus.
But, they are also separate issues.
John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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