All Froedtert & MCW buildings and satellite locations are smoke-free and tobacco-free environments
A smoke-free and tobacco-free environment means that smoking is not allowed outside as well as inside hospital facilities. The policy applies to everyone — patients, families, visitors, staff, physicians, students, volunteers, vendors, contracted workers and others.
By creating a smoke-free and tobacco-free environment, Froedtert & MCW locations and our partners are promoting better health for generations to come. Numerous research studies have shown that smoking is responsible for many serious health problems, including heart and vascular disease, lung cancer, emphysema and asthma. Secondhand smoke is also harmful, and we know from comments received from patients and family members that smoking should not be allowed on the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center campus.
Froedtert & MCW health network is committed to taking this positive step toward improving the health of our staff, patients and community.
Resources for Patients, Families and Visitors
An initiative has also been created to help patients kick the tobacco habit during hospitalization. Upon admission to the medical floors, hospitalized patients will be screened for tobacco use and given the opportunity to request nicotine replacement therapy, ordered by their physician.
Prior to discharge, patients wishing to continue their cessation efforts will be helped in selecting and making arrangements from a list of available community resources for follow up and support.
There will also be smoking cessation information in the new patient packets and in-room folders our patients receive when they arrive.
Pharmacies Sell Replacement Therapies
Over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies are available for purchase from Froedtert & MCW pharmacies to help those who may need assistance. These therapies include nicotine gum, patches and lozenges.