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CANANDAIGUA, NY- Effective November 15, Thompson Health will become a smoke-free health system. This means that smoking will not be permitted in any Thompson facility or on its surrounding campuses.

With this initiative, Thompson joins the many healthcare facilities in Rochester and across the nation that are making this transition. Thompson has chosen November 15 as the launch date to coincide with the American Cancer Society’s 31st Annual Great American Smokeout, which encourages smokers to smoke less or quit to improve their health.

While we recognize the impact this change will have, Thompson is implementing this policy because it is committed to the health and healing of its Associates, patients, residents, visitors and the community. Visitors who are smoking on Thompson’s campus will be asked to extinguish their smoking materials. We will offer a nicotine lozenge to anyone 18 years of age and older who requests it.

For individuals who would like help to stop smoking, smoking cessation classes and support groups are offered through Thompson Health's Wellness Services. For more information about classes and resources, please contact Wellness Services at (585) 396-6111.

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