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Einstein Healthcare Network announced today that the Network will expand its tobacco free campus initiative to Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia and several other locations throughout the region. The new locations will join Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park and MossRehab as tobacco free campuses.The organization’s tobacco free initiative was developed in response to feedback from employees across the Network, who wanted cleaner air and safer and healthier environments for our patients, visitors and staff. After careful consideration and planning, the policy has been expanded to cover Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, Center One, Willowcrest, Front & Olney and all Einstein owned or leased outpatient and practice locations. “Einstein isn’t just about healing illness, we’re about promoting wellness,” said Lynne Kornblatt, Chief Human Resources Officer, Einstein Healthcare Network. “Expanding our tobacco free policy is a natural next step in the promotion of healthier environments throughout our network.”The expanded policy will go into effect on April 7, 2014. It bans the use of cigarettes or other types of tobacco anywhere on our campuses – including parking lots, vehicles or on the sidewalks adjacent to Einstein’s property. Einstein will implement a series of communications, including signage and inserts in patient packages in an effort to alert visitors and patients of the new tobacco free policy. The organization will also be providing support to employees and patients who are affected by this policy through smoking cessation programs.