Posted on 9/15/2011
As more and more is learned about the dangers of secondhand smoke, more businesses are becoming tobacco-free. This is important to protect the health and well-being of people who might be exposed to the harmful effects of secondhand smoke simply by being around another person who is smoking. Fortunately, Sunrise and Sunrise Children's Hospitals are tobacco-free!
All employees, visitors, and patients are prohibited from smoking or using any form of tobacco on our premises, including the areas outside of our buildings. This new policy was instituted in response to our employees' wishes. A survey was conducted to find out how the staff felt about the campus becoming tobacco-free. A majority of employees felt that eliminating all tobacco was the best thing to do for their health and the health of the other people visiting our children's hospital.
This was a necessary decision, as secondhand smoke is very dangerous to children, especially kids with pediatric illnesses. All expecting mothers and even mothers who have already given birth should avoid secondhand smoke as much as possible, as they can put their babies at risk by simply walking through a cloud of smoke.
Parents of the babies in the NICU wing of the hospital worry enough about their children’s health—prohibiting tobacco takes one worry off their minds. No mother should have to worry about exposing their baby to this known carcinogen when visiting our hospital for health care.
Secondhand smoke is often responsible for cancer, lung infections, asthma, and ear infections. No tobacco of any kind is allowed at the hospital because our priority is keeping babies, kids, and adults safe, as well as promoting a healthy atmosphere in general.
At Sunrise Children's Hospital, the health of your children is our top priority. We offer children's emergency care and can meet all of your pediatric needs, including care for high-risk pregnancies and NICU services. Visit our website, contact us online, or give us a call us at (877) 216-2521 to learn more about how we can help your family.