The Health Department supports the promotion of smoke-free hospital campuses by partnering with Prince George's County-based hospitals to develop policies that support smoke-free environments. Currently, the Department is working with Doctors Community Hospital and Fort Washington Medical Center. The Health Department is planning to work with other hospitals in the county.
The Health Department also provides access to smoking cessation resources to reduce or eliminate the use of tobacco products by staff, patients and visitors. The aim is to reduce or eliminate exposure to second-hand smoke by helping county residents to understand its negative effects on health.
Working with Maryland Tobacco Resource Center's MDQuit.org and the American Lung Association, the Health Department has proposed the coordination of on-site, hospital staff forums at Doctors Community Hospital and Fort Washington Medical Center. The forums will provide an easy-to-do system for hospital staff seeking to increase the tobacco quit attempts in their patients by participating in the FREE, 1-hour MD Quit Fax-to-Assist Training for Certification. MD Quit Fax-to-Assist Tool-Kits are FREE and consists of high-quality information that will empower all participating healthcare professionals to conveniently refer patients that are ready to quit smoking to Maryland's 1-(800) QUIT-NOW quit line during hospital admittance or discharge.
The Health Department has provided Doctors Community Hospital and Fort Washington Medical Center with SmokingStopsHere.com's state funded and generated marketing campaign materials so that the hospital has the following:
- 1-(800) QUIT-NOW laminated posters
- Maryland Quitline brochures
- MDQuit.org/SmokingStopsHere.com branded business cards in English and Spanish. Hospital security guards will hand out these cards to people found smoking on hospital property. This helps hospital employees to enforce smoke-free policy in an encouraging and supportive way.