|Volume LIII||November 2006||Number 4|
Masonic Villages Become Smoke-Free Communities
The Committee on Masonic Homes, at their meeting on July 14, 2006, approved a continuation of the Masonic Villages' wellness program by establishing the vision for the Masonic Villages to be smoke-free communities. "We monitor trends and best practices and focus on input from our important constituents - our residents, families, employees, volunteers and visitors - and this decision was based on input from these groups, changing thought in society and our desire to provide leadership from a health and welfare perspective," Chief Executive Officer Bro. Joseph E. Murphy said.
The policy became effective August 7, 2006, for all families, volunteers, visitors and those doing business on the Masonic Village properties. Residents who who do smoke and were already part of a Masonic Village campus or had contracted with a Masonic Village by that date, may be grandfathered under the former smoking policy, which provides limited areas on campus where smoking has been allowed. All new residents will be covered by the new smoke-free policy. For employees, the policy will be fully implemented by July 1, 2007, providing them time to prepare for the change.
To assist all members of our Family of Freemasonry who smoke, the Masonic Villages will offer substantial information, education and support through smoking cessation classes and support groups.
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