Living the Legacy

Ochsner Health System Is Tobacco Free

Ochsner Health System proudly continues Living the Legacy of our founder Dr. Alton Ochsner by officially becoming tobacco free at all Ochsner facilities and properties as of April 1, 2011.

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Why tobacco free?
In 1939, Dr. Alton Ochsner was one of the first to discover the link between tobacco use and lung cancer. He then dedicated the rest of his life to educating the world on the dangerous effects of smoking. “Living the Legacy, as we call it, will be a reflection of Dr. Ochsner’s life’s work and his breakthrough research,” says Dr. Patrick Quinlan, CEO of Ochsner Health System. “By prohibiting tobacco use at and around our facilities, we are not only living that legacy but also ensuring that our patients have the most healing, safe environment possible.”

As a leader in healthcare, it is important that we continue to set the standard for meaningful care and healthy living. At Ochsner, we do not want to just promote healthy lifestyles – we want to live them. We know that lifestyle choices matter. In fact, research shows that 75% of disease in our country is attributable to the way we live.

Ochsner now begins the education process for implementing this system-wide initiative at all eight Ochsner medical centers and 35 health centers, including Elmwood Fitness Centers. The initiative will prohibit the use of all tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and all other tobacco-related products on any Ochsner campus by all employees, patients and visitors.

Tobacco in the News
CDC: Ads spark huge increase to quit smoking lineUSA Today, 4/1/12

Youth smoking is focus of new Surgeon General reportCNN.com, 3/7/12

Increasingly, Smoking Indoors Is Forbidden at Public Housing - NY Times, 12/7/11

Moving forward to smoke-free LATheNewsStar.com, 12/2/11

Smoking Rates Remain Highest in Kentucky, Lowest in UtahGallup.com, 11/17/11

East Jeff, West Jeff hospitals to enact smoking ban early next yearWAFB.com, 11/17/11

Professor pushing for smoke-free LSU campusWAFB.com, 10/3/11

Air cleaner helps asthmatic kids living with smokers Reuters.com, 8/5/11

An Earful About SmokingWKBW.com, 8/3/11

FTC Reports Show Tobacco Companies Still Spend Huge Sums on MarketingPRNewswire.com, 8/1/11

Secondhand Smoke Linked to Hearing Loss in TeensAction To Quit, 7/19/11

Smokers Nationwide Wanted for a Free Online Smoking Cessation StudyFred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

New Cigarette Health WarningsFDA.gov, 6/21/11

New cigarette warning labels unveiledChicago Tribune, 6/21/11

SSM Health Care in St. Louis implements new tobacco-free hiring policyKMOV, 6/17/11

Senate Passes Bill To Protect NY Railroad Passengers From Second-Hand SmokeNewsLI.com, 6/17/11

Palace Casino in Biloxi, now smoke freeWLOX, 6/14/11

Butt Out: Smoking Banned In Cars When Kids Are PresentFamilyCarGuide.com, 6/14/11

Smoking Increases Risk of Peripheral Arterial Disease in WomenLA Times, 6/7/11

No Smoking: The Great NYC Outdoors TargetedABCNews.com, 5/23/11

Gearing Up For World Smokefree DayVoxy News Engine, 5/19/11

Study: Smoke Free Law Helps Reduce Exposure to Secondhand SmokeMyFoxDetroit.com, 5/18/11

Half of US states have comprehensive smoke-free lawsAmerican Medical News, 5/9/11

Secondhand Smoke May Trigger Nicotine CravingUS News & World Report, 5/4/11

Secondhand smoke may affect kids' mental healthReuters Health, 4/7/11

Growing number of hospitals ban hiring smokersAmerican Medical News, 4/5/11

Ochsner Putting an End to SmokingGood Morning New Orleans WGNO-TV, 4/1/11

Ochsner Putting an End to SmokingWGNO-TV, 4/1/11

Bud Selig: smokeless tobacco should be banned in the majorsNBC Sports, 4/1/11

Ban smoking in bars, clubsTheAdvertiser.com, 4/1/11

Report: Health officials seek to ban smokeless tobacco at Fenway ParkWEEI.com, 3/31/11

Lawmakers propose 70-cent cigarette tax hikeNew Orleans CityBusiness, 3/31/11

Ochsner to forbid smoking on propertyWWL-TV, 3/28/11

Why Smoking Is Especially Bad If You Have DiabetesTime.com, 3/27/11

Health Tip: Keep Skin Smooth and Help Reduce WrinklesHealthDay News, 3/24/11

Pull menthol cigarettes, FDA advisers urgeCNN.com, 3/18/11

Smoke-Free Environments Linked to Less Breast CancerHealthDay News, 3/1811

Pack-a-day smokers decliningCNN.com, 3/15/11

Smoke-Filled RoomsGambit Weekly, 3/15/11

Study: Secondhand Smoke Increases Risk of Stillbirth, Birth DefectsTime Magazine, 3/14/11

N.O. casino owner sued over secondhand smokeNew Orleans CityBusiness, 3/10/11

Trend reversal: Big drop in kids' ear infectionsThe Associated Press, 3/4/11

Landrieu writes cigarette maker over promotion featuring N.O.New Orleans CityBusiness, 3/3/11

More self-aware people quit smoking easierCNN.com, 2/27/11

Tobacco companies sue to thwart federal panel, claiming biasCNN.com, 2/25/11

University considers smoking banThe Auburn Plainsman, 2/24/11

Tobacco Companies Fight Government's Efforts to Make Them Tell the Truth about Deadly ProductsCampaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, 2/24/11

Bloomberg Signs Legislation Expanding Smoking Ban to Cover Outdoor Pedestrian Plazas NY1-TV, 2/22/11

Avis & Budget Rent A Car will make every US and Canada rental outlet completely smoke-free on April 1, 2011Carrentals.co.uk, 2/21/11

Has NYC gone too far by banning smoking in parks? Atlanta Journal Constitution, 2/20/11

Where There's No Smoke, There's Still Fire: Repercussions of Smoker-Free Hospitals Becker’s Hospital Review, 2/18/11

First lady: No smoking or Facebook in White HouseMSNBC, 2/9/11

City Council Approves Ban On Outdoor SmokingNY1-TV, 2/2/11

Smoking damages DNA within minutes, research showsUSA Today, 1/17/11

Respiratory problems linked to tobacco smoke migrating through multiunit housingAmerican Medical News, 1/3/11

Tampa Bay Hospitals Ring in the New Year by Going Tobacco-FreeTampa Bay Times, 1/1/11

Popular Frenchmen Street bar d.b.a. to go smoke-freeThe Times-Picayune, 12/27/10

More than 600,000 people killed by secondhand smoke - More than 30 percent of non-smoking men and women regularly breathe in secondhand smoke Msnbc.com, 11/25/10

Hospitals Send Message to Smokers: Apply Elsewhere Becker’s Hospital Review, 11/24/10

Chabert Medical to go smoke-freeHouma Today, 11/13/10

Federal drug regulators recently unveiled 36 proposed warning labels for cigarette packages, intended to spur smokers to quit. New York Times, 11/10/10

Smoking Out the Truth - FATE (Female Awareness of Tobacco Effects) reaches out to girls and explains why they should just say no to cigarettes
New Orleans Living, 11/8/10

Mass. Hospital Association To Ban Hiring SmokersWBUR , 11/2/10

The FDA pushes for more graphic warning labels on cigarette packs. MSNBC, 11/10

Hospital's Ban on Hiring Smokers Raises Questions of Discrimination – Becker’s Hospital ReviewBecker’s Hospital Review, 1/19/10

Tobacco tax hike OK'd by Senate Hattiesburg American, 11/19/09

* Sourced from: QuitSmokingSupport.com, 2011
eValue8 Employer Rpt, "Health Plan Tobacco Cessation Performance," 2008

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