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November 23, 1984

Smoking draws fire at yet another medical facility

JAMA. 1984;252(20):2802-2803. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350200006003

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Without fanfare or fuss, cigarette vending machines have been quietly removed from the campus of the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Tobacco products are no longer sold in stores on the campus. And smoking is permitted only in designated areas throughout the medical facility, including the hospital, as is true in a number of other medical facilities around the nation.

"We thought that the whole campus should be smoke-free and that there should be [only limited] areas for smokers," explains Jesse Steinfeld, MD. Steinfeld, a former surgeon general of the Public Health Service, was dean of the medical school when these changes were instituted and now is president of the Medical College of Georgia.

With these changes, Steinfeld continues his role as an antismoking activist. As surgeon general from 1969 until 1973, he strengthened wording of the warning label on cigarette packages.

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