UMC Hospital Smoke Free Campuses

UMC Hospitals has been smoke free for 4 months and are seeing benefits.
        It has been four months since University Medical Center has gone smoke free.
In may this year the hospital officially banned employees from nicotine use on site. 
Two reasons being it adds costs for health insurance and promoting a healthy life style. 
U-M-C now screens new hires for nicotine use and offers current employees some benefits for quitting.
So far they have seen several improvements. 

        "I think our initial estimation... Just on the people that have quit so far is savings of about 200 thousand dollars.Thats long term forecast for our health insurance," said Eric Finley with UMC. 

While employees are not allowed to use nicotine on site... Visitors are still allowed to in designated areas. 

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