Beacon Therapeutic Helps Clients, Staff “Call it Quits

Smoke-Free workplace policies to be implemented at all Beacon locations

Chicago, IL – September 1, 2011 – Beacon Therapeutic, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering at-risk children and families in Chicago, is helping its staff and clients “call it quits” when it comes to cigarettes and tobacco use. Through its partnership with the Chicago Tobacco Prevention Project, an effort led by the Chicago Department of Public Health and Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago, all four of Beacon Therapeutic’s locations will be going smoke-free effective September 1, 2011.

“Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. With the implementation of our smoke-free campuses policy, we can provide a healthier environment. Overall, we have received extremely positive responses from our clients and staff,” said Susan Reyna-Guerrero, president and CEO of Beacon Therapeutic.  

The new smoke-free policy prohibits staff, clients and visitors from smoking on all Beacon Therapeutic owned property. To support this transition, Beacon began communicating the new policy months in advance and encouraged staff and clients who smoke to seek smoking cessation services.

In addition to its new smoke-free campus policy, Beacon Therapeutic also offers Courage to Quit, an adult smoking cessation program, to help its clients and staff reach their smoke-free goals. Courage to Quit is based on the work of Dr. Andrea King, a University of Chicago psychologist, and provides information, support and practice skills to class participants.

“The adoption of smoke free policies is a key strategy in Healthy Chicago, our new city-wide public health agenda,” said Bechara Choucair M.D., commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health. “Smoke-free policies are among the most effective strategies to reduce smoking and particularly effective in encouraging smoking cessation among vulnerable populations. We commend Beacon Therapeutic for its leadership in helping our city reach its goal of becoming the healthiest city in the nation.”

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