Tobacco-Free Hospitals

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the US, and hospitals are in a unique position to serve as role models on this vital public health issue. The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association is proud to take a leadership role in an effort to ensure hospitals and healthcare organizations go tobacco free, even declining to hire tobacco users.

As stewards of the public's health, hospitals are well positioned to become leaders in the tobacco-free endeavor. MHA’s Tobacco-Free Hospitals initiative is designed to encourage and support Bay State hospitals' voluntary effort to become tobacco-free and ban use of all tobacco products anywhere on the hospital campus.

Visit the pages below for comprehensive information on MHA’s tobacco-free hospitals initiative. 

Over the past year, MHA has worked with its members across the commonwealth to address issues of workplace safety and wellbeing.
The Massachusetts House and Senate reached agreement on minor difference between their bills that will raise the legal age for tobacco use to 21, and have sent the bill to Governor Baker.
The Massachusetts Senate last Thursday voted 33 to 3 to pass SB 2571, which would raise the legal age for tobacco use from 18 to 21 years.
The Massachusetts House last week passed a bill by a vote of 146-4 that would raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21.
HB2466, HB2467 Tobacco and Agencies
List of resources that will aid in effective implementation of a tobacco-free policy.
Providing cessation support to employees, patients, and visitors is an important step in implementing a tobacco-free policy.
Links to the elements of a tool kit to help make your hospital’s transition to a tobacco-free facility as easy as possible.
Moving to a tobacco-free environment takes planning, time, and incremental implementation.
10.02.2013  | Success Stories
Links to some of Massachusetts success stories in our Tobacco-Free Hospitals initiative.