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Smoking ban to start this fall at Med Center

August 12, 2006

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The University of Kansas Hospital and Kansas University Medical Center are going completely tobacco-free beginning Sept. 1.

Currently, tobacco products are banned inside buildings on the shared campus, but the new regulation will extend the ban to outside areas as well.

"For many years, we have discussed the inconsistency of advocating a healthy lifestyle while continuing to allow the use of tobacco products on campus," Barbara Atkinson, executive vice chancellor of the University of Kansas Medical Center, said in a statement in late May.

The tobacco-free policy also will apply to KU MedWest in Shawnee and the new Westwood Campus of the hospital, which will house the outpatient cancer center next year.

The hospital and medical center are working on new smoking-cessation initiatives to offer to staff members, as well as an education campaign.

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