In an effort to help create a healthier environment for patients, visitors and staff members, Guthrie will launch a refreshed tobacco policy at all Guthrie locations on Sept. 1. Although Guthrie locations have been tobacco-free since 2008, the policy updates support renewed efforts to create a healthier environment for the communities that Guthrie serves.
The refreshed policy bans the use of all forms of tobacco products, including smoking, chewing and vaping, at all Guthrie locations. Individuals who use tobacco products at Guthrie will now be approached by staff members who will politely request they stop.
Guthrie appreciates that tobacco use is addictive and offers support and resources for those who wish to quit. A primary care physician can help with cessation support. Heavy smokers who are concerned about their risk for lung cancer may also speak to their doctor about low-dose Lung CT at Guthrie for early lung cancer detection.
Guthrie is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and upstate New York, serving patients from an 11-county service area. Guthrie is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, and is the first health system based in Pennsylvania and New York to join this network. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., Towanda, Pa., and Troy, Pa., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 300 physicians and 190 advanced practice providers in a regional office network encompassing sub-specialty and primary care sites in 22 communities throughout Pennsylvania and New York. Guthrie offers a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.