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
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.