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Mayo Clinic today announced a partnership with other organizations to develop a Global Smoke-free Worksite Challenge. The partners are committed to making their worksites 100 percent smoke-free and to help others do likewise. The announcement was made at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting Sept. 21, 2011.
This effort is a global multi-sector partnership comprised of private sector companies, nongovernmental organizations and governments. The challenge aims to expand the number of employees of all sectors able to work in a smoke-free environment. And it fits right in with the commitment that Mayo brought last year to CGI, called Global Bridges. That initiative has already begun to build and energize a worldwide network of healthcare providers in the development of tobacco control and treatment programs in their countries and regions. In less than one year, Global Bridges has trained more than 5,800 health care providers from 31 counties in sessions ranging from short webinars to intensive workshops.
Below Dr. Richard Hurt, chairman of Global Bridges and founding director of Mayo’s Nicotine Dependence Center, discusses the impact of this challenge.
Mayo Clinic is committed to the health of its patients and employees and has been at the forefront of tobacco dependence treatment, offering expert care to smokers who want to quit, for more than three decades. As a leading medical center, we were also among the first to make our worksite smoke-free over 25 years ago. Our example spread: first our county, then our state adopted smoke-free worksite legislation 2007.
Dr. John Noseworthy, Mayo Clinic president and CEO, shares his thoughts about Mayo’s commitment to a tobacco-free workplace and how this challenge will benefit people in other workplaces globally.
Global Smoke-free Worksite Challenge is collaboration among the American Cancer Society, the Global Business Coalition on Health, Johnson & Johnson, Mayo Clinic, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, and the United States Department of Health & Human Services.
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