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When you visit an Essentia Health campus, you’ll likely notice signs prohibiting tobacco use. Our decision to say “no” to tobacco use is part of Essentia Health’s commitment to uphold healthy behaviors in the communities we serve.
You’re not allowed to use tobacco in or on Essentia grounds whether you’re a patient, visitor, employee, contractor, or vendor. This includes:
All tobacco products are banned at Essentia facilities. This includes:
While you’re staying as a patient at an Essentia hospital, our Tobacco Treatment Program, will help you keep you comfortable with bedside support, Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and more.
If you are ready to quit long term, we can get you started on a path to a tobacco free future. It’s a great way to improve your quality of life, and potentially peed your recovery.
If tobacco use is part of your religious practices, you may burn tobacco if you’re following our guidelines for religious and cultural practices.
If it’s allowed by the property owner, you can use tobacco in locations that are rented by Essentia. Examples include parking lots or outdoor areas.
You’re discouraged from leaving Essentia facilities to use tobacco products while you’re a patient. If you choose to use tobacco, you will be doing so against your doctor’s medical advice.
Studies show tobacco use is the top cause of preventable deaths nationwide. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services also says in its BeTobaccoFree.gov outreach:
Learn how Essentia Health can help you quit smoking. Explore our tobacco education and cessation programs.