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Oct 3, 2011 7:13 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Hospital to ban odor of smoke on workers' clothes

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria will implement an anti-tobacco policy for its entire campus starting July 1 of next year, expanding the policy put in place two years ago for employees of the women's and children's areas.
The policy will prohibit the use of tobacco products by employees while on their shifts, including when they are on breaks. It also will not allow employees to work if their clothing smells like smoke.
Hospital administrator Lisa R. Lauve tells The Town Talk officials are aiming to reduce patients' and employees' exposure to toxins that linger in fabrics from a recently burned cigarette, also known as third-hand smoke. She says such toxins present a special danger for the developing brains of infants and small children.

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