We've been working toward that goal for awhile, with a HUGE community campaign and large banners and signs all around the hospital announcing that as of Jan 1, there's no smoking for anyone, period. Last summer they took down the Smoke Shack (employee shelter at end of parking lot). There is no smoking within the hospital for anyone; the only difference Jan 1 is going to make is there's going to be no smoking on the grounds at all.
Will be interesting seeing how they're going to enforce it when the current habit is to have people clustered outside the ED, smoking. This includes visitors, people waiting for the ER, etc.
I don't smoke, and hate the smell of it. I can't STAND when I'm taking care of a patient and a family member walks in REEKING of the crap. Can't do anything about that, of course, even with the new policy in effect ("Excuse me, could you leave and SHOWER before returning, please?").
Once employees are barred from smoking in the lot, they'll just move down to Main Street, just off the property, and sit on the public benches. Won't that look nice for the hospital: employees in scrubs
, lighting up all along the public street in front of the building.