Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network To Become Tobacco Free on March 203/1/2011
Tobacco Products Will Be Prohibited on all Good Shepherd Properties
Allentown, PA – On March 20, 2011 – the first day of spring – all Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network campuses will become tobacco free. As of that date, no tobacco products will be permitted inside or outside any of Good Shepherd’s 38 locations  throughout eastern Pennsylvania. The tobacco-free policy will apply to all employees, patients, vendors, visitors or residents of Good Shepherd. All tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chew, snuff and dip, will be prohibited.
According to the American Cancer Society , nearly one in five deaths in the United States can be attributed to the use of tobacco. Tobacco use causes numerous cancers, as well as heart disease, complications with pregnancy, respiratory conditions, circulatory issues and other health problems. Secondhand smoke has also been shown to cause cancer and other health problems in non-smokers.
“Smoking is a major cause of preventable disease and death,” says Anthony Bongiovanni, senior vice president, Human Resources, and chief performance officer at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network. “As a leading provider of health-care services in the greater Lehigh Valley region, we believe it is our responsibility to provide a healthy environment for the people we serve. This move will benefit our employees, as well as our patients, long-term care  residents, clients and visitors.”
Good Shepherd’s employees were made aware of the tobacco-free policy last year. Information on free tobacco-cessation programs has been provided to employees, and much of this information is available to the community at www.GoodShepherdRehab.org/Tobacco-Free .