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2009 Press Releases
Morton Plant North Bay Now Tobacco Free
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla., (July 6, 2009) Morton Plant North Bay Hospital continued the holiday weekend’s independence theme by declaring Monday, July 6, “Freedom from Tobacco Day.”

As part of its mission to improve the health of the community, the hospital officially joined the Pasco County Health Department’s tobacco-free initiative. Beginning today, tobacco use will not be permitted on any of the hospital’s grounds or property, and the designated smoking areas have been closed.

“Today marks an important step in creating a healthier environment for everyone who enters or works on our hospital campus.” said John Couris, chief operating officer, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital. “We are excited to join Pasco County in this initiative.”

Couris and members of the hospital’s staff were joined by Dr. David R. Johnson, director of the Pasco County Health Department. Dr. Johnson recognized the hospital for joining going tobacco free by presenting the hospital with a commemorative plaque. The initiative is part of a county-wide goal for all Pasco County hospitals to become tobacco-free by 2010.

According to the National Institute on Drug Addiction, tobacco use kills nearly half a million Americans each year. One in every six U.S. deaths can be attributed as a result of smoking. The American Cancer Society states that tobacco smoke causes nearly nine out of 10 cases of lung cancer. Non-smokers exposed to tobacco smoke in the workplace are also more likely to get lung cancer.

To help staff members with the challenges of not smoking at work, Morton Plant North Bay has put together a system of support, including a series of health fairs and smoking cessation information aides available to its staff.

Established in 1965, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is a 122-bed facility committed to improving the health of everyone it serves. In 2008, the hospital was awarded Magnet Designation for the second time by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the most prestigious national recognition of excellence in nursing care. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is located at 6600 Madison Street, New Port Richey, Fla., (727) 842-8468.