Oxford, New Albany hospitals going tobacco-free

Two north Mississippi hospitals went tobacco-free on their entire properties today.

The bans at Baptist Memorial hospitals in Oxford and New Albany go beyond indoor smoking.

Employees, visitors, patients and volunteers are asked to not smoke or chew tobacco even outside the building.

The Baptist hospitals also are discouraging employees from leaving the property for smoke breaks.

In January, Oktibbeha County and Baptist Memorial Hospital-Booneville will follow with smoke bans.

All North Mississippi Health Services property - including North Mississippi Medical Center hospitals, clinics and offices - will put out the smokes and chews in July.

Many hospitals in south and central Mississippi already have gone tobacco-free.