MUSC smoking ban starts today

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - MUSC goes tobacco-free Thursday. The smoking ban is an effort to make the hospital and school a healthy campus.

According to MUSC policy, employees who continually break the tobacco ban could be fired. First time violators will get a written warning.

All MUSC employees are expected to help enforce the ban by politely asking violators to stop using tobacco products on campus.

Sandi Jacobs, an MUSC employee and former smoker, says it's the healthy way to go.

"If you come to a hospital you need to get healthy, yet you're walking through smoking areas in order to get healthy, so I think it's counter-intuitive," she said.

Another employee, Michael Robinson, said he didn't mind the ban, even though he was a smoker. However, he did think it was unfair for patients who wanted to smoke.

MUSC will also be offering smoking-cessation classes and other support and resources for employees and students.

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