On March 20, 2011 – the first day of spring – all Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network campuses became tobacco free. No tobacco products are permitted inside or outside any of Good Shepherd’s 38 locations throughout eastern Pennsylvania.
According to the American Cancer Society, nearly one in five deaths in the United States can be attributed to the use of tobacco. Tobacco use causes numerous cancers, as well as heart disease, complications with pregnancy, respiratory conditions, circulatory issues and other health problems. Secondhand smoke has also been shown to cause cancer and other health problems in non-smokers.
“Smoking is a major cause of preventable disease and death,” says Anthony Bongiovanni, senior vice president, Human Resources, and chief performance officer at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network. “As a leading provider of health-care services in the greater Lehigh Valley region, we believe it is our responsibility to provide a healthy environment for the people we serve.”
Good Shepherd is committed to improving the health and wellness of the greater Lehigh Valley community. For health tips and information, visit Good Shepherd’s Be Well Blog .
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