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No Smoking, Please 

  Ochsner Health System campuses will become tobacco-free on April 1, 2011, and no longer will provide designated smoking areas or ashtrays.

  The move is part of Ochsner's Living the Legacy initative, carrying on the work of the system's founder, Dr. Alton Ochsner, who in 1939 discovered the link between tobacco use and lung cancer and thereafter dedicated himself to educating people about the dangers of smoking.

  The new policy will be in effect in and around Ochsner's eight medical centers and its multiple health centers in the area. The policy will prohibit the use of all tobacco products by employees, patients and visitors while on Ochsner properties. The health system also will offer free smoking cessation classes to the public.

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