In the U.S., tobacco kills more than 440,000 people each year. Someone dies every eight seconds from tobacco use. Smoking is the No. 1 preventable cause of death in Arkansas, and active and second hand smoke has been determined by the Surgeon General to cause preventable diseases.
As an institution dedicated to promoting the health and healthcare of Arkansans, UAMS is proud to be tobacco-free. For your health and that of other patients, visitors and staff, UAMS is a tobacco-free, both inside and outside our buildings. Smoking and the use of any tobacco products are not allowed in areas outlined in red on the map, which is linked to below. Additionally, open flames are prohibited, including candles and incense.
In compliance with the Arkansas Clean Air on Campus Act of 2009, violators may be issued a citation for smoking on the campus of a state-supported institution of higher education. If convicted, a fine of 100 to $500 may be issued.
Patients are expected to remain on their nursing unit so treatments and procedures may be done and medication provided. UAMS Medical Center staff will work to provide tobacco-replacement products such as gum, patches and lozenges to tobacco-dependent patients.
Smoking may slow your recovery from surgery and illness and may also slow bone and wound healing. If you’d like to quit smoking now, talk with your doctor and care team. If you need help with stopping smoking or using tobacco please talk with your nurse or call the Patient Education Department at 686-8084. You can also call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to learn more about tools and techniques to help you stop smoking.