Smoking is a health and safety hazard, both to the tobacco user and non-smokers who are exposed to second-hand smoke, carrying very serious health risks. It is the leading cause of preventable death.

As a result, an increasing number of hospitals have begun to explore adopting tobacco-free campus policies to protect their patients, employees, and visitors. Such policies prohibit the use of cigarettes and tobacco products both within the hospitals buildings and anywhere on the hospital property.

Tobacco-free properties are the standard for many health care and other public institutions and private companies.