El Camino Hospitals — there are two of them now, one in Mountain View and one in Los Gatos — have officially become smoke-free zones thanks to a board resolution to eliminate all designated smoking areas there.
The resolution, passed by the board of directors last September, came into effect on July 1. Tobacco is now banned from all hospital facilities and grounds.
"We are committed to the health and safety of our patients and staff," said Ken Graham, El Camino Hospital's CEO, in a press release. "As health care providers, it is essential that we model healthy behaviors. While we recognize how difficult it is to quit smoking, we want to provide a safe and healthy environment which encourages positive health choices."
The hospital is providing resources for staff who want to kick the habit. Community members can also receive help quitting through the Cardiac and Pulmonary Wellness Center by calling (650) 940-7130.