General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital is scheduled to become a tobacco-free medical campus beginning May 8.

Tobacco free means U.S. Army Medical Command personnel (military, civilians, contractors, patients and visitors) are prohibited from using any tobacco product while at any GLWACH facility on Fort Leonard Wood, including GLWACH facility parking lots.

Tobacco products are defined as cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, smokeless tobacco and/or electronic cigarettes and all other tobacco products designed for human consumption.

GLWACH's Tobacco-Free Medical Campus policy isn't meant to be punitive, nor does it force tobacco users to quit using tobacco.

Hospital staff members are encouraged to politely inform anyone seen using tobacco products that GLWACH is a tobacco-free medical campus.

MEDCOM's goal is to ensure that its medical campuses provide safe, healthy facilities for everyone and that Army Medicine sets an example of tobacco-free living for the Fort Leonard Wood community through the promotion of healthy medical environments within the GLWACH footprint.

Smoke shacks currently within the GLWACH footprint will be relocated outside the GLWACH premises.

"Public health nursing, pharmacy and nutrition-care staff are always looking forward to helping and partnering with tobacco users who are ready to begin their journey toward quitting the use of tobacco," said Capt. Tonita Smith, GLWACH's chief of Public Health Nursing.

Tobacco cessation classes are offered in the Public Health Nursing Clinic, Room 111.

For more information and to get scheduled for the next class, call 573.596.0131, ext. 60491 or 60518.

(Editor's note: Brooks is the marketing and public affairs officer at General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital.)