All VUMC facilities are tobacco-free.
As a regional healthcare leader, we believe in good health practices, including having a tobacco-free environment for our patients and visitors. This is essential to patient healing and wellbeing.
We also provide resources to help you quit using tobacco and encourage all to quit tobacco products.
There are designated smoking areas on our campus to help protect our patients and visitors from the harmful effects of tobacco and smoke.
Smoking and the use of tobacco products such as dipping and chewing tobacco are not allowed on our campus. We encourage all tobacco users to quit. Smoking and tobacco products are harmful to your body. Using them around children can also affect their health. Tobacco can increase the risk or severity of such illnesses in children as:
- Asthma attacks or asthma symptoms: wheezing, coughing, more mucous secretions in the lungs, trouble breathing
- Ear infections
- SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). The risk of SIDS is increased if a mother smokes while pregnant or if a child is around smoke after birth.
In addition to tobacco, unauthorized use or possession of alcohol is not allowed on our campus.
Where to get help
We believe quitting tobacco products is important to not only your health but your child’s. We offer many resources to help people quit using tobacco, including:
- Your local hospital or cardiac rehabilitation facility
- American Cancer Society quitline service: (877) 937-7848
- American Lung Association quit line service: (800) 548-8252
- National Cancer Institute quit line service: (877) 44-UQUIT
- Tennessee Tobacco Quit Line: (800) QUIT-NOW (784-8669)