Patients & Visitors

Tobacco-Free Campus

St. Joseph Regional Medical Center is committed to promoting health, wellness, prevention and the treatment of diseases within the community we serve as well as providing a safe, clean and healthy environment for our patients, visitors and employees. St. Joseph serves as a model for our community promoting the good health of our associates and influencing public attitudes about tobacco.

Being a leader in health care, St. Joseph is proud to promote healthy lifestyles and choices. That is why as of June 1, 2012, St. Joseph implemented a policy that supports the medical center's 100 percent tobacco-free campus. Tobacco use of any kind is forbidden on any property owned by the medical center.

The use of tobacco products is the single greatest cause of premature death and disability in the United States. In recognition of the health hazards of smoking, being subjected to secondhand smoke and smokeless tobacco, it is St. Joseph's policy to promote and provide a 100 percent tobacco-free campus.

St. Joseph understands and recognizes that tobacco is an extremely addictive substance. Smoking-related diseases cost the United States more than $150 billion a year. Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke are at 30 percent higher risk for developing heart disease and lung cancer. The medical center is committed to providing helpful intervention strategies and treatment resources in addressing this issue.

Resources

St. Joseph Regional Medical Center has a nicotine intervention program. We are committed to providing an effective treatment program that will help you eliminate the use of tobacco products.

There are four sessions lasting one hour each during the week. The topics that are covered include:

  • Understanding addiction to nicotine.
  • How to quit.
  • Mastering the first few days.
  • Mastering obstacles.
  • Staying quit and enjoying it.

Classes are held once a week and are free to Idaho residents (paid by the Idaho Tobacco Funds Program). Medicare recipients from Washington are welcome. Space is limited. Call 208-750-7360 for reservations.

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