• Florida Hospital DeLand To Go Tobacco-free
  • Florida Hospital DeLand’s new tobacco-free policy will go into effect Nov. 19, prohibiting any use of cheap smokes products by employees, physicians, visitors, patients, volunteers, vendors and medical staff anywhere on the hospital campus or property.

    This prohibition will apply to smoking cigarettes in personal vehicles on the property as well as on any sidewalks or streets within the boundaries of the campus.

    Many other area hospitals already have smoking cigarettes bans in place. Florida Hospital, Health Central and Orlando Regional Healthcare banned tobacco products anywhere on their properties, starting in July 2008.

    “As a healing institution, we have a commitment to provide a safe and healthy environment to everyone who visits our facility,” said Daryl Tol, CEO/President of Florida Hospital DeLand in a hospital release. “It is also our responsibility to promote healthy living, wellness and disease prevention to the community.”

    According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. Each year, smoking cigarettes accounts for an estimated 443,000 premature deaths, including 38,000 deaths among nonsmokers as a result of secondhand smoke. Half of all Americans who continue to smoke cigarettes will die from smoking cigarettes-related diseases.

    Florida Hospital DeLand, located at 701 W. Plymouth Ave. in DeLand, was established in 1962 and is a 156-bed acute-care hospital. It is a part of the Adventist Health System, which is the largest Protestant not-for-profit hospital system in the nation.