Northwest Medical Center instituted a new tobacco-free policy, banning the use of tobacco products on hospital grounds. 

The policy, which began Jan. 1, applies to all hospital-related facilities, including urgent care operations, surgery facilities and doctors' offices. The tobacco ban includes chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes, and applies to private vehicles in hospital parking lots.

“As a community hospital, Northwest Medical Center is dedicated to improving the health of our patients and community. Becoming a smoke-free property is the standard for many health care institutions and we are proud to join in providing our staff with a healthy and safe workplace and our patients with a healthy and safe healing environment,” said Northwest medical Center CEO Kevin Stockton, in a news release.

Northwest Medical Center, a 300-bed hospital is at 6200 N. La Cholla Blvd.

For more information, visit www.NorthwestMedicalCenter.com online.

Contact reporter Phil Villarreal at pvillarreal@azstarnet.com or 573-4130.