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GAMC to go Smoke-Free January 1
Media Contact Information:
Alicia Gonzalez
(818) 409-6604
or (818) 800-3113

Effective, January 1, 2011, Glendale Adventist Medical Center will transition to an entirely smoke and tobacco-free campus. This decision was earnestly considered and decided after significant research and evaluation by GAMC’s leadership and No- Smoking Task Force.

Similar efforts have been implemented in the City of Glendale and in other hospitals throughout the greater Los Angeles area. GAMC joins these efforts and its commitment to our mission -- To share God’s love with our community by promoting healing and wellness for the whole person.

“We believe it is our responsibility to take a leadership role in promoting a healthier environment and improving the health of the individuals and communities we serve including our patients, employees, physicians, volunteers and visitors,” said Morre Dean, president/CEO Glendale Adventist Medical Center.

Smoking tobacco has clearly been identified as the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Additionally, smoking is a health and safety hazard to both tobacco users and nonsmokers alike as the result of secondhand smoke. In light of these facts, the decision was made to become an entirely smoke and tobacco-free campus.

Smoking cessation resources and programs will be available free-of-charge to employees, visitors and patients. In addition, GAMC will provide ongoing support to individuals interested in becoming tobacco-free.

All campus designated smoking areas and ashtrays will be removed. As we move toward a smoke and tobacco-free environment at GAMC, smokers and nonsmokers will be asked to work together to ensure a smooth transition to a safe and healthy campus.

We believe that Glendale Adventist Medical Center has a responsibility to preserve and protect the health of our patients, visitors, employees and medical staff.

“On behalf of GAMC’s leadership team and the No-Smoking Task Force, I thank you in advance for your support,” said Dean.