Those working at Indiana University Health's downtown Indianapolis hospitals will soon be prohibited from smoking at any time during their work hours, even if they are far from the hospital during a lunch break.
The grounds of those hospitals have been smoke free since 2005, but IU Health officials say they want to limit so-called thirdhand smoke that can cling to the clothes and hair of smokers and be passed along to patients.
IU Health vice president Sheriee Ladd tells The Indianapolis Star that the policy isn't meant to tell employees they can't smoke but that they can't bring tobacco contaminants into the hospital.
IH Health includes Methodist Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children and University Hospital. The new policy is to take effect Aug. 22.