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Tobacco Treatment Resources Fact Sheet

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Tobacco-free policy

tobacco-freeThe University of Kentucky, including UK HealthCare, does not allow use of tobacco products in or around any of its facilities. This policy reinforces our obligation as a leading health care provider in striving to ensure a healthy environment for all of our students, patients, visitors, physicians and staff.

Local, state and national tobacco treatment resources are included in this fact sheet for users who would like to quit.

Did you know that tobacco smoke is dangerous for nonsmokers, too? Go to Secondhand smoke:  What you should know to learn more.

Kentucky's Tobacco QuitLine
One-on-one counseling in English or Spanish 
8 a.m. - 1 a..m., Mon - Sun (EST) with 24 hour voicemail
Toll free 800-Quit Now (1-800-784-8669)

Online and text-to-quit programs are also available

UK HealthCare Tobacco Treatment Specialist 

Counseling, treatment, and educational materials

Counseling sessions are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, UKHMO, and some insurers

Call 859-323-4222 for additional information

Kentucky Clinic Pharmacy
Counseling, nicotine replacement therapies,
educational materials
859-323-5855 "Ask a Pharmacist")

Fayette County Health Department
Adult and Youth Tobacco Cessation Programs
859-288-2457 "Community" then "The Tobacco Use Cessation and Prevention Program")

Kentucky Cancer Program
Cooper/Clayton Method to Stop Smoking
Available in 120 Kentucky counties 
859-219-0772 (Lexington) or 606-784-6458 (statewide) 

National Cancer Institute's Quitline
Tobacco counseling in English and Spanish
Toll free 877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848)  

Smoking cessation references 

Free information from UK HealthCare

UK HealthCare also offers informative brochures that explain the health effects of using tobacco and ways to quit. To request a free copy of any of these publications, call UK Health Connection at 859-257-1000 or toll-free 800-333-8874.

We care.

UK HealthCare values the health and well-being of everyone who uses our facilities. If you use tobacco products and would like to quit, discuss with your physician or other health care provider which of the approaches may work best for you.

Frequently asked questions

What does tobacco-free environment mean?
Smoking or use of any tobacco product will not be permitted in any facility or on any grounds owned or leased by UK HealthCare.

What is considered a tobacco product and therefore prohibited by this policy?
Tobacco products include, but are not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, electronic cigarettes, snuff and pipes.

What areas of the UK HealthCare campus are included in the policy?
All areas of the main campus, including the medical center, are included. Maps are available at information desks or the Customer Service offices located at UK Chandler Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital. Clearly visible signs are also in place to indicate tobacco-free boundaries.  

Does the tobacco-free environment extend to off-campus facilities?
Yes. The use of tobacco products is prohibited in all UK HealthCare off-campus structures and facilities such as Kentucky Clinic South, Polk-Dalton Clinic and Good Samaritan Hospital. UK HealthCare employees working in leased properties are not allowed to use tobacco within 20 feet of the leased building.

Do employees, patients and visitors have to quit using tobacco?
No. UK HealthCare is not asking anyone to quit. This policy simply means that no one can use tobacco products on UK HealthCare property.

Can one use tobacco products in the parking garages or shuttles?
No. The policy prohibits use of tobacco products in any parking structure, parking lot or shuttle serving UK HealthCare facilities.

Can I smoke at the VA?
As a federal facility, the VA Hospital will enforce its own policies regarding tobacco use. Its smoking facilities only accommodate VA patients, visitors and personnel. The VA Hospital has asked to be included in the university's tobacco-free zone as an indication that UK personnel, patients and visitors are not to use tobacco on VA property. Violators are subject to a federal citation.

Why can't individuals use tobacco products outside of UK HealthCare facilities?
Tobacco use, smoking and second-hand smoke have been proven hazardous to a person's health. UK HealthCare strives to provide an overall healthy environment to employees, patients and visitors, indoors and outdoors.

Are other hospitals tobacco-free?
Yes. Thirteen medical facilities in Lexington and surrounding communities-and more than 48 throughout Kentucky-also prohibit tobacco use. More than half of the hospitals and medical centers across the United States already have similar policies in place.

What does UK HealthCare offer to employees who want to quit using tobacco products?
UK HealthCare offers a variety of treatment resources to help employees quit, including a prescription benefit, health and wellness programs on tobacco treatment, individual counseling and treatment with a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist, as well as counseling on nicotine replacement and other therapies through Kentucky Clinic Pharmacy.

What if someone is in great stress and really needs to use a tobacco product?
Resources are available to help users manage tobacco use. Nicotine replacement gum is sold in the Chandler Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital gift shops. Over-the-counter and prescription products are also available at Kentucky Clinic Pharmacy. Employees may also use the University Health Service pharmacy.

How do patients who are dependent on tobacco seek help?
UK HealthCare clinicians are trained to determine a patient's level of tobacco use and make arrangements to provide them with appropriate resources such as nicotine replacement options and other therapies for managing or quitting tobacco use. For more information, ask for our brochure titled "Tobacco Use: What to Expect as a Patient." This brochure is available from Customer Service, in literature racks or by calling UK Health Connection at 859-257-1000 or toll free 800-333-8874.

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