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June 28, 2007

UPMC to ban smoking

Beginning July 1, UPMC will institute a campus-wide smoke-free policy to protect patients, visitors and staff from the effects of secondhand smoke. The policy prohibits smoking on any UPMC-owned or leased property, including its grounds, garages and parking lots.

In partnership with the UPMC Health Plan, UPMC is offering staff members and the community smoking cessation classes, counseling services and other resources. UPMC Health Plan also provides many members with coverage for medication to relieve the discomfort often experienced in the early stages of quitting.

The smoke-free policy pertains to all of UPMC’s facilities — more than 80 sites. Signs communicating the new policy are being installed to ensure awareness of the change, and countdown clocks have been in place for several months.

For more information on UPMC’s smoke-free policy, visit

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