Bristol Hospital recently made a formal request to have a city road that runs through its grounds declared a no-smoking zone.
Hospital President Kurt Barwis asked the city to have Newell Road – the primary entrance for its emergency room, medical office building and Connecticut Spine and Pain Center – designated as smoke-free under a new law Bristol passed last summer.
Barwis said that having the street made into a no-smoking zone would be “the last step in allowing us to change over the entire hospital campus as smoke-free,” a move it began in 2008.
City officials said they plan to ask the Hearings and Assessment Committee to look into the request and make a recommendation to the City Council. Little opposition is expected.
The city’s new ordinance, which hasn’t been used yet, allows it to designate public streets and sidewalks as no-smoking zones, except where state law dictates otherwise.
The law was passed to accommodate the hospital, officials said. They said they’re skeptical anyone else will follow suit with a request soon.
Barwis said the point of going smoke-free at the hospital is to “enhance the overall environment of Bristol Hospital” and to “protect and improve the health” of its workers and patients.
A hearing on the issue will likely be scheduled within a month or two, officials said, and a council decision is likely as early as January 12, though it may well take longer
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