Columbia Hospitals Bar Smoking

April 30, 2006 - Posted at 12:38 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ Two more Missouri hospitals are going smoke


Yesterday, officials at the University of Missouri Health Care

and Boone Hospital Center announced that they were taking their

smoking bans one step further. Smokers have been barred from

lighting up in rooms and offices for years.

But now they won't be able to smoke on ANY hospital property,

including green spaces, parking lots and even vehicles parked on

hospital property.

Starting September first, M-U Health employees can even be

reprimanded for smelling like tobacco smoke. M-U Health includes

University Hospital, Columbia Regional Hospital and Ellis Fischel

Cancer Center, as well as several clinics.

Boone Hospital is still completing the changes. A hospital

spokeswoman says enforcement of the new rules will begin January


Similar bans are in effect at Capitol Region Medical Center and

St. Marys Health Center in Jefferson City.

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