NYU Langone Medical Center Receives Bronze Star from New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for Tobacco-Free Best Practices

March 30, 2012 - 8:54am

NYU Langone Medical Center was recognized by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for its achievements in tobacco control. NYU Langone was the first hospital to join the Department’s Tobacco-Free Hospitals Campaign, and is also the first New York City hospital to be awarded a Bronze Star for enhancing both its tobacco-free policies and its employee cessation programs. Smoking is the number one preventable cause of death in the United States, claiming more than 400,000 lives each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“By creating a safe, tobacco-free environment, as well as providing helpful cessation resources, we hope to encourage NYU Langone’s community to lead a healthier lifestyle,” said Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean and CEO at NYU Langone Medical Center. “We are proud to receive this honor from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Tobacco-Free Hospitals Campaign and to be recognized as a leader among New York City hospitals for our ongoing efforts.”

The Health Department’s Tobacco-Free Hospitals Campaign works with hospitals across the city to create tobacco-free campuses and comprehensive tobacco cessation programs for employees and patients. NYU Langone achieved Bronze Star status by embracing a culture of wellness, enforcing and communicating the medical center’s tobacco-free campus policy, and educating employees about the dangers of tobacco and available cessation services. The medical center offers a free employee smoking cessation program through its Joan and Joel Smilow Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention Center.

“Smoking is still the leading cause of premature preventable deaths in New York City. While the adult smoking rate is at an all-time low, there are still an estimated 850,000 New Yorkers who smoke. We commend NYU Langone Medical Center’s effort to help New Yorkers quit smoking by creating a tobacco-free campus for staff, patients and visitors, and provide employees with the best possible tobacco-cessation services,” says Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley.

For more information on NYU Langone’s smoking cessation program, please visit http://rusk.med.nyu.edu/smoking-cessation-program.

 

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