Smoke and Tobacco Free Campus
On July 4, 2007, Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) became a smoke and tobacco free campus. The policy applies to all employees, physicians, patients, visitors, contractors, vendors, and volunteers, as well as the general public. It prohibits the use of any tobacco products— cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chew, snuff, and dip— indoors or outdoors, including all parking garages, lots, sidewalks, and streets within campus boundaries.
This bold move is in alignment with MVH’s goal to make Dayton a healthier community. Since tobacco use is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in the United States, the MVH tobacco free campus initiative is doing its part to encourage healthy living. The change goes beyond the current Ohio law that mandates that all tobacco use must occur outside of buildings. By moving tobacco products completely off the hospital campus, MVH is making strides in improving the quality of life for patients, visitors, and employees of the hospital.
Members of the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association (GDAHA), including MVH, unanimously adopted a region-wide tobacco free campus recommendation. As of January 1, 2008, 18 hospitals in Dayton and surrounding areas implemented tobacco free environments for better health, longevity, and quality of life for their patients, visitors, and staff.