Livingston HealthCare’s Tobacco Use Prevention Program
Overcoming Tobacco Addition
As a healthcare organization, Livingston HealthCare recognizes that tobacco
use is the number one cause of preventable disease and death in our society.
Livingston HealthCare has taken an important step to address this major
public health problem by creating a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus.
Abstaining During Your Stay
Our policy prohibits the use of all tobacco products everywhere on our
property, both inside our buildings and in outdoor areas. This policy
supports tobacco users who are trying to quit by eliminating triggers
associated with smoking or chewing tobacco. It also prevents exposure
to secondhand smoke and sends a clear message that the use of all forms
of tobacco does not support health. We appreciate your cooperation as
we strive to provide a safe and healthy environment for our patients,
visitors, and employees.
During your hospitalization, it will not be possible for you to leave our
facility to use tobacco. Our staff will make every effort to help you
manage nicotine withdrawal and cravings for tobacco. Your healthcare team
can discuss the various medication options that are available to help
you feel relaxed and comfortable.
Tobacco Use and Surgery Preparation
If you are planning a surgical procedure, it is advisable to quit smoking
beforehand. You will get the most benefit if you refrain from smoking
for at least eight weeks before your surgery and don't resume smoking
afterwards. However, if that is not possible, being smoke-free for even
a few days or weeks before your surgery date can be beneficial. The longer
you are smoke-free before and after your surgery, the better.
If you are looking for smoking cessation resources, please call the Montana Tobacco Quit Line
at 1.800.QUIT.NOW (406.784.8669).