Adena Health System is dedicated to providing its patients, visitors, physicians, caregivers and volunteers with a safe and healthy environment. As a proponent of health and wellness for the communities in its nine-county service region, Adena is committed to being 100% smoke- and tobacco-free on all of it properties.

Adena advocates the U.S. Surgeon General’s findings that tobacco use in any form, active and passive, is a significant health hazard. The Health System further supports the findings of the American Hospital Association that recommends hospitals “serve as a role model of health for the community.” Additionally, based on our recent Community Health Needs Assessment, smoking and tobacco use ranks among the highest in the state, and is a leading contributor of related health conditions and death.

Adena Health System’s Smoke- and Tobacco-Free policy prohibits all smoking and the use of all tobacco:

- In all Adena Health System owned, leased, satellite, and affiliated buildings where Adena employees work;
- On all Adena Health System owned or leased grounds;
- In all Adena Health System owned, leased or rented vehicles, on or off Adena grounds;
- In any personal vehicle parked on Adena Health System owned, leased and affiliated property/parking lots; and
- At all events hosted or organized by Adena Health System.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Adena Health System tobacco-free?

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and second-hand smoke has known health risks. As the region’s largest health care provider, we are committed to leading by example and creating a healthy environment for our patients, visitors, employees and volunteers who are on any of our properties. This sets a positive example in the community and establishes Adena as a place for health and healing. 

What products are included in the policy?

“Tobacco” includes any lighted cigarette, cigars, pipes and hookah products; any other smoking products such as e-cigarettes/vapes; and any smokeless, spit or spitless, dissolvable or inhaled tobacco products, including but not limited to dip, chew, or snuff, in any form.

To whom does the policy apply?

Everyone, including patients, visitors, employees, students, vendors, contractors, volunteers and others who work in or visit our facilities, parking lots and any Adena premise.

Is smoking allowed inside cars?

Smoking is prohibited on all areas of Adena properties, inside and outside, including inside cars that are parked on our grounds.

Isn’t smoking a personal legal right?

We are not requiring patients, visitors and employees to quit smoking, but we are requiring them to refrain from smoking while visiting or working at any Adena Health System location.

Why can’t Adena Health System have smoking huts that are designated outdoor locations?

Smoking and second-hand smoke are known health hazards. As a health care organization, Adena is committed not just too healing illness, but also to promoting wellness. Allowing smoking on our properties, even in designated areas, is not consistent with this commitment. We do not want our patients, visitors and employees to be exposed to secondhand smoke while on an Adena premises.

What kind of support is provided to inpatients who smoke?

The attending physician will assess and discuss the need for NRT or pharmacological quit aids with the patient, and if indicated, write an order for such an aid.

What do I do if I see someone using tobacco at any Adena location? 

Adena caregivers have the responsibility to promote our smoke- and tobacco-free policy and will respectfully remind a tobacco user that Adena is a tobacco-free environment and the use of tobacco is prohibited. Visitors may inform an employee or security personnel to help convey this message to tobacco users.   

Are other health care facilities smoke- and tobacco-free? 

The decision to prohibit smoking and tobacco-use at all Adena facilities aligns with many other hospitals, health systems and businesses worldwide in choosing to provide healthier environments for their patients, visitors and employees. 

Smoking Cessation Resources and Information

Adena has help available for tobacco users who are interested in quitting. Assistance is available through a Smoking Cessation Program, or your primary care physician can develop a treatment option that will work for you. If you do not have a primary care provider, call 740-779-FIND (3463) to make an appointment with one near you. 

Adena also offers a nationally recognized free lung cancer screening program for some current and former smokers. Those eligible for the free screening are:

- Between 55-74 years old;
- Have 30 or more “pack years” of smoking in their past (a pack year = 1 pack a day for 30 years, 2 packs a day for 15 years, 3 packs a day for 10 years, etc.);
- A current smoker or someone who has quit smoking in the past 15 years.

If you or a loved one falls into this recommended group, please consider setting up a lung cancer screening. Like a mammogram, people in the above groups are recommended to have a lung screen each year for the greatest chance of survival in the event of a lung cancer diagnosis. Patients meeting the screening criteria may register by calling (740) 542-LUNG (5864).

Additional Resources 

- Ways to Keep Your Teen Smoke-Free

- Boost Your Health by Quitting Smoking

- Quit Smoking for Better Health brochure 

 - 1-800-QUITNOW (784-8669)

- American Cancer Society Quit for Life program

Ohio Tobacco Quit Line

- Legacy EX program

Quit dip and chewing tobacco

- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Smoke-Free