A breath of fresh air: Reminder about the UNC Hospitals tobacco policy

UNC Health Care is a tobacco-free environment. To help encourage this, our tobacco-free policy (ADMIN 0164) states that any employees using tobacco products on UNC Medical Center properties – whether they are clocked-out or not – will be subject to the next step in the corrective action progression.

UNC Health Care is a tobacco-free environment. To help encourage this, our tobacco-free policy (ADMIN 0164) states that any employees using tobacco products on UNC Medical Center properties – whether they are clocked-out or not – will be subject to the next step in the corrective action progression. For example, if an employee has a verbal warning at the time of violation of this policy, the employee will then receive their first written warning.

Additionally, UNC Hospitals Police have been instructed that if they observe an employee violating this policy, they will instruct the employee to stop and notify Employee Relations of the violation. Employee Relations will follow up with the employee’s supervisor, who is then expected to take the appropriate corrective action. Hospital Police will also speak to any patients or visitors who are using tobacco on UNC Medical Center property.

Smoking, tobacco use and nicotine use have a significant impact on health care.  More than 480,000 people die each year from smoking-related diseases (including deaths from secondhand smoke). Becoming tobacco-free will not only positively affect our employees’ health but will also reduce the cost of their insurance.

If you use tobacco products, we encourage you to begin the process of quitting today by contacting the UNC School of Medicine’s Nicotine Dependence Program at 984-974-4976.

View the full policy here.

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