Nashville Rescue Mission Adopts a Smoke-free Policy

(November 20, 2012)

Nashville MissionThe Nashville Rescue Mission of Nashville, Tennessee implemented a progressive smoke-free policy on August 1, 2012 to encourage a smoking cessation plan for its clients.

Fred Hoffman, the Director of Programs, established the non-smoking guideline and selected Freedom From Smoking (FFS) as the chief clinical pathway to ensure success.

In an effort to make a smooth transition to the smoke free policy, the Nashville Rescue Mission began a trial run of the policy in late spring 2012. While mission clients were encouraged to quit smoking during the trial period, there were no consequences if such efforts proved unsuccessful. Notably the trial run was very effective as 20% of the population quit smoking before the deadline. On August 1st the mission implemented the smoke free policy with a strict 3 strikes rule: clients could only test positive for nicotine twice and on the third strike they were excused from the program. Over all the smoke free policy has been successful and the Nashville Rescue Mission is looking forward to extending the policy to their women’s facility in the near future.

The Nashville Rescue Mission population has and will continue to receive the true gift from the program: a body of knowledge that will lead to a healthy respiratory system free of smoke and disease.

They will defy the statistics and not fall victim to the 443,000 Americans that die each year as a result of smoking-related diseases such as lung cancer and emphysema.

Nashville Rescue MissionThe non-smoking patrons of the mission will benefit from the change in policy as well. Secondhand smoke causes lung and respiratory complications in non-smoking individuals, with as many as 50,000 Americans passing away each year.

The American Lung Association of the Midland States is proud of the ground-breaking accomplishment of the Nashville Rescue Mission and encourages all missions in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee to set similar non-smoking guidelines.