Golden Living Center Receives Tobacco-Free Business Award

In Local News on October 7, 2010 at 2:11 pm

PETERSBURG, Ind. – The Pike County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coalition today presented their Tobacco-Free Business Award to Golden Living Center in honor of a quality smoke-free workplace policy.

The Tobacco-Free Business award honors Pike County businesses that protect workers and the public from secondhand smoke. Top quality policies prohibit smoking on all property and grounds and provide help for employees to quit smoking. Golden Living Center facilities became smoke-free campus-wide effective Sept. 1, 2010.

Secondhand smoke contains more than 50 cancer-causing substances, and there is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke also kills nonsmokers – 3,400 from lung cancer and 46,000 from heart disease every year in the U.S. Additionally, death and disease from secondhand smoke cost businesses and taxpayers in our state millions of dollars in healthcare costs and lost productivity every year.

“We are proud of Golden Living Center for enacting a policy that promotes a healthier environment for employees, residents and visitors,” said Sally Petty, coordinator of the Pike County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coalition. “Policies like theirs save both lives and money and help set a healthier standard for our whole community.”

The Pike County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coalition is funded by tobacco master settlement funds through Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation. Their mission is to reduce tobacco-related death and disease by preventing youth from starting, helping tobacco users quit, and reducing public exposure to secondhand smoke.

Pictured is coalition coordinator Sally Petty presenting the award to Golden Living Center Director Cathy Eckert.


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