HMH Increases Efforts to Keep All Locations Smoke, Tobacco-Free

August 01, 2017

Medical support available to nicotine-dependent patients

Elizabethtown, Ky. – To protect the health of patients, staff and visitors, Hardin Memorial Health (HMH) has launched a campaign, and is taking added steps to keep its hospital and more than 45 locations across Central Kentucky smoke and tobacco-free. HMH patients are no longer permitted to leave the building or go outside to smoke.

The smoke and tobacco-free policy applies to staff and visitors including sidewalks, parking lots and personal vehicles entering or exiting Hardin Memorial Hospital’s main campus. The smoke-free policy includes vaping and e-cigarettes.

The measures are designed to protect patients, HMH staff and the community from the harmful effects of smoking as well as the negative impact it has on the healing process. 

Patients will be notified at their providers’ offices and at admission. Prior to coming, or when admitted to the hospital, patients can ask their providers if they are eligible for nicotine-replacement therapy and symptom management.