Tobacco Free Environment

Rutherford Regional Medical Center is a tobacco free environment.  Therefore the use of tobacco products is prohibited on Rutherford Regional property including the parking lots.  There are no designated smoking areas. 

The harmful effects and negative consequences of smoking, exposure to second-hand smoke and the use of any tobacco product are well known.

Smoking.  Nicotine elevates heart rate and blood pressure. It also causes arteries to constrict making it more difficult for blood to flow smoothly. Carbon monoxide, which is also found in cigarette smoke, reduces the capacity of your blood to carry oxygen, forcing your heart to work harder to supply your body with the oxygen it needs.

The bad news: If you smoke, your risk of heart attack is two times that of a nonsmoker. And, according to the American Heart Association, cigarette smoking is the biggest risk factor for sudden cardiac death. As many as 200,000 deaths from coronary artery disease are estimated to be due to smoking.

The good news: The risk of cardiovascular disease begins to decline as soon as smokers stop and eventually their risk level almost matches that of people who never smoked.

Periodically Rutherford Regional offers smoking cessation classes to the public.  Please call 828-245-4596 (Cancer Resource Center) for more information.

Smokeless Tobacco is not a safe alternative.  All forms of oral tobacco contain chemicals known to cause cancer (carcinogens) according to the American Cancer Society. These products can cause

  • cancer of the mouth, pancreas, and esophagus (the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach)
  • addiction to nicotine
  • gum disease
  • receding gums (gums slowly shrink away from around the teeth)
  • destruction of the bone sockets around the teeth
  • tooth loss
  • bone loss around the teeth
  • bad breath
  • stained teeth

Our goal is to provide the safest, most healthful environment possible for our patients, staff and visitors. Thank you for supporting our tobacco-free campus.