EUCLID, OH (WOIO) - The City of Euclid and Euclid Hospital are joining forces to implement a "tobacco free workplace" policy at all city facilities.
The policy, announced today by Euclid Mayor Bill Cervenik, will be effective on Nov. 15 - the American Cancer Society's 37th Great American Smokeout day. Tobacco use will be prohibited in all public places or places of employment, including building entrances and exits.
To support the policy, Euclid Hospital, which is part of the Cleveland Clinic system, will offer free smoking cessation support to city employees and their dependents.
"It is our goal to create a healthier workplace environment by eliminating the use of tobacco. We believe that this policy will also help reduce our health care costs, which totals approximately 10 percent of our budget, not only by helping employees quit or reduce their tobacco use, but also by eliminating the negative health effects of second- and third-hand smoke for the people around them," Cervenik said.
Last year, the Cleveland Clinic began a health needs assessment in order to provide direction on how to best deliver health care to the community. The most common themes from the health assessments indicate the greatest needs are for chronic disease prevention and access to care.
While sharing these findings at a community meeting held at Euclid Hospital, Dr. Mark Froimson, president of Euclid Hospital, and Cervenik pledged to partner together to help city employees to stop smoking.
"We are committed to reaching out and assisting our community. Through this program, we will dedicate the necessary personnel, facilities and time to ensure participants succeed in embracing healthy, tobacco free lifestyles," said Froimson said.