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PPh Is Tobacco Free!

Posted on: Feb 01, 2016

On Friday, January 1, 2016, PPh officially became a smoke-free campus.  The public health benefits of such a change are vast, and with our continued efforts to create a healthy environment and provide wellness programs for both employees and residents, the implementation of a smoke-free campus policy makes perfect sense.

Many universities and healthcare facilities across the country already have banned smoking on their property because of health benefits of not smoking and the increasing cost of health insurance for smokers due to health problems.  James Bergman, J.D. and Judith Falit, M.S., from The Center for Social Gerontology recently released a report stating the health concerns in regards to smoking and facilities that serve older adults.  Of the nearly 416,000 deaths annually in the U.S. due to smoking, more than 70% occurred in those aged 65 or over.  The fact is, tobacco is the only product that, when used as intended, leads to serious illness and premature death.

Anthony Manzo, President & CEO, is ecstatic for the new policy.  “This monumental change not only will be good for public health, but also will be good for business as we project a positive image of PPh as a health organization and offer a healthier environment for PPh residents, employees and visitors.”


What Residents Say

"In my nine years at PPH, I’ve grown to like it very much. At first, I felt like a stranger and then as I began to talk to people, we increasingly became good friends. A way to meet people is to join clubs. I’m now part of the PPH Auxiliary. I love helping with their flea markets because you never know what you can find. Recently, I’ve joined an evening quilting class. I love that I can continue to enjoy my life outside of PPH while experiencing the offers here.…especially the pool! Everything is just so convenient.

– Lucille Hite, Independent Living resident

What Families Say

"My mom is sooo happy at PPH, I can’t even describe it in strong enough words. She’s met so many new friends and these ladies do EVERYTHING together! She sees Dad every day in Pathways, but can have her life too. She’s gone to so many activities and I think I’ve already been to Scoops with her at least 15 times. She loves the dining room and Bistro too. My sister, Ilene, and I are so delighted that Mom is happy.......Wow, it feels like Mom’s been there about 2 years—but it’s only 2 months!! That’s how comfortable and natural it feels for her – and for all of us.

– Rhonda Frenkel, daughter of resident Bernice Segal

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