Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
New Brunswick • Somerset

RWJUH Is Now Tobacco and Smoke Free

June 30, 2011

(New Brunswick) - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is now 100 percent smoke free and tobacco free on all surrounding grounds and facilities owned, leased or operated by the hospital. 

The newly expanded smoke-free and tobacco-free zone covers all RWJUH locations, including:

  • 120 Albany Street
  • 10 Plum Street
  • Human Resources Building
  • 48 & 81 French Street
  • 24 Hardenberg Street
  • 126 Patterson Street
  • 171, 177, 181 and 193 Somerset Street
  • 24 High Street
  • 55 Morris Street
  • Old Bridge Health and Fitness Center
  • Monroe Speech & Hearing

The smoke-free and tobacco-free zones prohibit all tobacco products, which include but are not limited to, smoking (e.g. cigarettes, pipes, cigars, e-cigarettes or vaporize cigarettes etc.) and/or using smokeless tobacco (e.g. snuff, chew, etc.).

“As a comprehensive cancer center, our mission is not limited solely to clinical practice,” explains David Fernandez, Vice President for Oncology Services at RWJUH. “We are proud of our clinical programs and capabilities, but it is equally important for us to serve as an advocate for cancer prevention, education and research. We believe going tobacco free is a natural extension of our mission and we are committed to providing the necessary support for individuals who may need assistance with quitting smoking or using tobacco products.”

As Fernandez notes, there will be additional resources available to those who are interested in quitting smoking. One such resource is a Stop Smoking Group launched by the UMDNJ-Tobacco Dependence Program. The group meets Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in The Cancer Institute of New Jersey's Learning Room, 195 Little Albany Street, New Brunswick. The group offers free treatment to help individuals quit smoking. For information, please call Donna Richardson at 732-235-8223 or e-mail stopsmoking@umdnj.edu.

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 965-bed academic medical center with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville, NJ. Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, joint replacement, and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (www.bmsch.org). As the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. A Level 1 Trauma Center and the only Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.

RWJUH has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report seven times and has been selected by the publication as a high performing hospital in numerous specialties. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report for three consecutive years.

Both the New Brunswick and Somerset campuses have earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence, an “A” patient safety rating from the Leapfrog Group and “Most Wired” designation by Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine. The Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services have designated the New Brunswick Campus as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Somerset Campus as a Primary Stroke Center.

The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH New Brunswick among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers and designated the Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJ Somerset as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center. The Joint Surgery Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for total knee and total hip replacement surgery.