UPMC policy on tobacco use takes effect Tuesday
Starting Tuesday, all UPMC workers and volunteers will be barred from using tobacco products at any point during their shifts, including break times.
UPMC officials announced plans for the new rule a year ago. Since then, they have seen enrollment in the company's smoking-cessation program roughly double as workers brace for the change.
Nearly 280 workers signed up for the program from July 1, 2013, through Jan. 31, said Dr. Tim Cline, senior director for clinical training and development at UPMC Health Plan.
“It's pretty safe to attribute that to the new policy,” Cline said.
Half of workers who finish the program remain tobacco-free, according to UPMC. The health system counts more than 62,000 workers. Just more than one in 10 surveyed by UPMC reported tobacco use.
The health system decided in 2007 to make all its campuses smoke-free.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Rossi: Johnston must reach Malkin in Moscow
- Pirates notebook: Recovering Cole exceeds expectations in simulated game
- Steelers are in familiar territory going into training camp in Latrobe
- Liriano, Snider lift Pirates to a victory over Dodgers at PNC Park
- Air Algerie plane with 116 disappears from radar in Africa
- New Penguins coach to meet with Malkin
- Hookah bar on tap for Greensburg
- 3 identified in Route 66 crash near Delmont
- Ex-Milwaukee archbishop told he can’t spend final days at St. Vincent Archabbey
- Fayette woman dies in fall from ATV on National Pike
- Greensburg pawn shop aids in arrest of home repair scam suspect