Northern Inyo Hospital Goes Tobacco Free

Northern Inyo Hospital will be tobacco-free as of Thursday, Nov. 20. The move coincides with the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, which falls on the same date.

Sierra Wave Media talked with NIH CEO Victoria Alexander-Lane about the tobacco-free move.

This means that patients, visitors, volunteers, contractors, vendors and employees may no longer smoke or use tobacco on any NIH property. The new tobacco-free policy applies to indoor and outdoor areas, as well as parking lots and all cars parked in the lots.

The change was approved unanimously by the hospital’s Board of Directors in September. This policy change will help NIH meet its goal of improving the health and well-being of the people of Bishop and the surrounding communities.

Items included under the tobacco-free policy are cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, electronic cigarettes and tobacco alternatives, such as clove cigarettes.

According to the U.S. Surgeon General, smoking results in nearly 1 in 5 deaths; which equals about 480,000 early deaths each year. Smoking increases risk for a number of health problems, including high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. However, health experts say once someone stops smoking, regardless of how long or how much they smoked, these risks start to drop. For example, within the first month, the former smoker’s sense of smell and taste improves; within the first six months, their lung function improves; and within a year, their risk of heart disease is cut in half.

Help is available for those who want to quit smoking. The Inyo County Health & Human Services’ Wellness Center offers guidance to help people stop smoking. Contact Lisa at the Wellness Center, (760) 873-8039, for details, or call 1-800-NO-BUTTS, a 24-hour helpline funded by the California Department of Health. Translators are available.

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DESCO
DESCO
8 years ago

Not enough customers in this sparsely populated area to support a specialist. Let alone customers with money or insurance. Medicare and Medical don’t pay much and are cutting back.

Philip Anaya
Philip Anaya
8 years ago

How about the spectacular natural setting and the great community to match . The Sierras, the Whites, affordable housing, great schools and environment to have your family and a great commute every time you go out the door just to get started. Agree with you DT about the amenities but… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago
Reply to  Philip Anaya

I won’t be the first man up here who has had to promise their significant other they will move someplace more populated by a certain date, or else. I may like it up here and feel the trade off is tolerable, but that sentiment is not universal. My S.O. lived… Read more »

Philip Anaya
Philip Anaya
8 years ago

Read somewhere that freedom and love are mutually exclusive. Still trying to figure out what that all means. Best of luck to you and your S.O., DT

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago

Why would a specialist live in such an isolated region as Bishop? I don’t mean to be flippant, but most people who work hard enough to earn a medical degree and become an accomplished specialist want to live somewhere with all the amenites, like high end shopping, good grocery stores,… Read more »

erik simpson
erik simpson
8 years ago

Urban areas have their amenities and rural areas have theirs. There’s no lack of highly educated people, physicians included, on the east side. The problem with specialists depends on how narrowly they practice their specialty. If too narrowly there won’t be enough clients/patients. Not all doctors (or anybody else) are… Read more »

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago

We’ve had at least one US Ski Team doc here. All in all, medical professionals here are very good considering our population. They tend to be ski bums and other outdoor types like the rest of us that see a Sierra sunset as a better amenity than a Gucci retailer… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

LocalT- Bishop Hospital needs specialist in a major way. If you have any serious problem your butt will be placed on the next fight out. That’s a sad but true fact!

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

@Trouble, Most hospitals in remote areas don’t have a complete panel of full-time specialists. The population base doesn’t support it. I believe NIH has a number of specialists that do travel here on a part-time basis. But it’s unreasonable to expect all the same benefits of the big city while… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

Charles- i don’t think I would call my statement whining, I got you to to listen and respond to my opinion.Anyhow, my hope is the directors at least try to focus on the real important medical needs we are hurting for. Not some old veteran wanting to go outside and… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

When you complain about the lack of services and criticize the hospital over and over, in multiple threads – it sounds like whining to me. Expecting specialized treatments to be comparable with the big city in a sparsely populated area is just unrealistic. The situation in Bishop is not dissimilar… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

Charles- maybe i have good reason to complain about the lack of specialist at our hospital. Actually I do . If it gets their attention in any way it’s worth it. I try to pick my battles here there, and joke around a lot. But this topic is serious to… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
8 years ago

Trouble: I know what you are talking about — I’ll leave it there…

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
8 years ago

I actually appreciate your sense of humor, Trouble. And I sincerely hope that whatever personal reasons you have for picking this particular battle have a positive outcome. But if the realities of living in a remote area are not meeting your expectations, perhaps you should reconsider your choices. Oh, and… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

Charles- thank you, i moved here to get out of a big city , but during the winter I must admit I dream of tropical islands a lot. And if the local hospital folks are reading this crap, you need to send people to specialist as fast as you can!!!!

LocalT
LocalT
8 years ago

Trouble,

If you were truly concerned you would already be aware of the services they recently upgraded to offer as well as their future plans for new services. That information is readily available whether it be online or by simply contacting NIH.

Seems to me you’re just being cynical.

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago
Reply to  LocalT

LocalT- I’m dead serious, there’s a true saying around here, “don’t have a heart attack in bishop”. I’ve heard that at least twenty times. And I know I’m cynical, without regret!

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

I hope their next press release announces all the new services their going to provide.