Tobacco Free Campus
All entities within Providence Southwest Washington Service are tobacco free.
This means the use of any tobacco product will be prohibited on the campuses of Providence Centralia Hospital, Providence St. Peter Hospital and all facilities leased by Providence.
This includes physician practices and any vehicle parked in garages or parking lots owned by these entities.
Thank you for your support and understanding as we work to promote healthier lifestyles throughout our communities.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why did Providence SWSA go tobacco free?
A. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. As health care institutions, it is important for Providence to demonstrate our strong commitment to good health. The health hazards of tobacco use are well known, and we want to support our employees, volunteers, physicians, patients and family members who want to quit smoking or using tobacco products as well as limit other people’s exposure to second hand smoke and the chemical byproducts of tobacco.
Q. What does campus-wide tobacco-free mean?
A. This means there will be no smoking or use of tobacco products on Providence campuses, in hospital-owned vehicles, nor in privately-owned vehicles parked in Providence-owned garages and parking lots.
Q. Isn’t smoking a legal right?
A. Recent court rulings maintain that smokers are not entitled to protection against discrimination as “addicts” or as “disabled persons.” Smokers who are addicted are addicted to the nicotine, not the cigarette, which is the delivery device. Regardless, as a private institution Providence has the right to declare their campuses and facilities tobacco-free.
Q. Will this tobacco ban include chewing tobacco and other smokeless products as well as cigarettes?
A. Yes. The use of any tobacco products is prohibited.