Come Jan. 1, Glendale Adventist Medical Center and Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center will no longer allow smoking on hospital grounds.
Not far behind, Verdugo Hills Hospital — located in Glendale, along the border of La Cañada Flintridge — plans to go smoke-free by the end of 2011.
The moves come on the heels of aggressive smoking regulations implemented by other health-care organizations and local governments, including USC medical centers and the cities of Glendale, Pasadena and Burbank.
At Glendale Memorial and Adventist hospitals, everyone — patients, visitors, nurses, doctors and hospital brass — will be barred from lighting up near buildings, parking areas and anywhere else on the campuses.
Glendale Adventist President Morre Dean said the decision to implement the ban came after years of deliberation.
Hospital administrators sought to balance workers' personal choices against the health risks of smoking, which is a common cause of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other health problems.