Hospital Bans Outside Smoking

No smoking inside or outside Veteran's Hospital, it is a part of the hospitals new plan to prevent smoking.

“I think we have a very educated public and they recognize the danger and the damage and the tremendous problem this is for our society," said VA Hospital Director, Nathan Geraths.

The new program is also a push for the new generation of veterans, a warning that smoking is not only addictive but deadly.

“I would say the majority of healthcare providers truly want to eliminate smoking in our society," said Geraths.

But for 19-year-old William Johnson who has been smoking since he was 14, he says approving the ban on smoking would be wrong.

"I don't find it right that they can just say no you can't smoke here anymore. I feel that it's an invasion on my rights," said smoker, William Johnson.

Rights Veteran Bill McQuison wishes were taken away from him.

“I used to smoke 2 and a half packs a day.”

A smoker for more than four decades this year his new years resolution, to put out his last cigarette for good.

“If you want to have lungs like mine you can keep right on and going if you want to continue live longer than what my age is I wouldn't smoke," said veteran, Bill McQuison.

It was just 6 years ago when the hospital prohibited smoking inside, right now the hospital is required to have smoking shelters outside like this but if the ban is approved VA will be a smoke free hospital in and out.

“I think Madison is making a major effort on a city wide basis to do this and I don't want to be the only hospital in town where smoking is permitted even if it's outside," said VA Hospital Director, Nathan Geraths.

Out of the more than 100 VA hospitals 5 of them will take part in the program.

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