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      ProMedica to be tobacco free in 2008

      ProMedica Health System has announced that as part of their ongoing commitment to improving the health of their employees, patients and the community, all ProMedica campuses"in Ohio and Michigan"will become tobacco-free on January 1, 2008.

      Smoking and the use of tobacco products will be prohibited at all ProMedica hospitals and other facilities that it owns, leases or maintains, including lawns, walkways, sidewalks and parking lots (including inside vehicles). This supports a nationwide effort by physicians and other health care providers to ban tobacco products at health care facilities.

      ProMedica has launched a system-wide, tobacco-free campaign throughout its 282 sites to help with a smooth transition, as well as to offer assistance to smokers and tobacco users, which includes Quit Lines in Ohio (1-800-QUITNOW/784-8669) and Michigan (1-800-480-QUIT/7848).

      ProMedica patients are also being encouraged to talk to their primary care physician about options that are available to help them quit smoking. Smoking is the single, most preventable cause of death in the United States and significantly contributes to heart attack, stroke, several types of cancers, emphysema and chronic bronchitis.