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ELIH Goes Smoke-free

Eastern Long Island Hospital has announced that its campus will be off-limits to smoking cigarettes effective Tuesday, July 5. Smoking will no longer be permitted anywhere on hospital property.

“Eastern Long Island Hospital is committed to providing the healthiest environment possible for its patients, visitors and employees,” commented Paul J. Connor III, president/CEO. “This is a collaboration with the Suffolk County Department of Health to reduce tobacco use, which raises risk for multiple diseases. As a health care provider, we believe it is our responsibility to promote good health habits and discourage habits that increase health risks.”

It is estimated that more than 126 million nonsmoking cigarettes Americans continue to be exposed to secondhand smoke cigarettes in homes, vehicles, workplaces and public places, according to the hospital. Most exposure to tobacco smoke cigarettes occurs in homes and workplaces. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say almost 60 percent of U.S. children aged 3 to 11 years — almost 22 million children — are exposed to secondhand smoke.

The CDC reports that secondhand smoke cigarettes contains at least 250 known toxic chemicals, including more than 50 that can cause cancer. Secondhand smoke cigarettes causes heart disease and lung cancer in non-smoking cigarettes adults and a number of health conditions, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and respiratory infections in children.

Besides the health risks, ELIH officials say smoking cigarettes on hospital grounds raises security concerns and poses a fire hazard. A smoldering cigarette is a fire hazard because it is likely to ignite a flammable material that might be nearby. In addition, cigarette butts that are discarded on the ground often find their way into waterways and are detrimental to plants and wildlife.

The term cigarettes, as normally employed, refers to a tobacco cigarette, but can be utilized like devices holding in other herbaceous plants, such as eugenia caryophyllatums. A cigarette is differentiated from a cigar by its modest sizing, utilization of treated leafage, and paper wrap, which is usually white hot, though other coloring materials are sometimes usable. Cigars are mostly compiled totally of whole-leaf tobacco plant.

Rates of cheap smokes changes widely, and have altered substantially over the course of human history since cigarettes were 1st wide used in the mid-19th century. While rates of smoke have over time leveled off or turned down in the highly developed world, they continue to up-rise in evolving states. Nicotine, the main psychotropic chemical substance in baccy and therefore cigarettes, has been shown to be psychologically habit forming, although it does not generate a physiologic addiction.

Cheap cigarettes usage by pregnant women has also been shown to stimulate birth defects, including mental and physical disabilities.