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Louisiana Hospital Won't Allow Workers to Wear Smoky Clothes

Hemera/Thinkstock(ALEXANDRIA, La.) -- Some workers might think it stinks that they won't be able to go back on the job if they smell of their last cigarette, but administrators at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria, Louisiana don't care, as the facility is taking its anti-smoking policy to another level.

Next July, the hospital will officially ban all employees from smoking at work, even during breaks.  It's an expansion of a policy that already exists in the women's and children's areas.

Cabrini officials say that the toxins from third-hand smoke that collects in fabrics can be especially detrimental to the brains of small children and infants.

Employees were notified of the new policy by mail two months ago so they can adjust their habits accordingly.  Ultimately, the hospital would prefer that all its workers be smoke-free by next July.

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