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Pike Co. TPC Honors Amber Manor Care Center

In Local News on November 17, 2009 at 9:12 am

PETERSBURG, Ind. – The Pike County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coalition has recognized Amber Manor Care Center with the Tobacco-Free Business Award. ITPC Project Coordinator Sally Petty presented a certificate to the facility Monday in honor of their smoke-free grounds policy.

Recognizing the importance of the smoke-free movement, Amber Manor’s campus leadership team has decided to endorse a smoke-free environment. They considered the numerous health risks associated with smoking. Smoking-related diseases claim an estimated 430,700 American lives each year, and an estimated 50,000 deaths each year are attributable to secondhand smoke breathed by nonsmokers. Smoking adversely affects the health and well-being of all Amber Manor employees, as well as their family members.

Based on feedback from their customers and in an effort to provide a healthier, cleaner home for their residents, Amber Manor will prohibit smoking on campus grounds effective Jan. 1, 2010.

This change will affect employees, campus visitors, and new residents. Current residents who already smoke and who currently reside in their campuses will not be affected by this change. They will be allowed to continue to smoke in designated areas on the campus grounds.

“Economic costs of smoking are estimated to be about $3,391 per smoker per year. Increased medical costs, higher insurance rates, added maintenance expenses, lower productivity, and higher rates of absenteeism from smoking and second-hand smoke cost American businesses between $97 and $125 billion every year,” said Petty. “We are proud of the steps Amber Manor Care Center has taken to protect the health of their employees, residents, and visitors. They set an excellent example for all businesses and healthcare facilities in Pike and surrounding counties.”

For help implementing a tobacco-free policy at your business, contact Petty at 812-698-0232. For free help to quit smoking, call the Indiana Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

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