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October 5, 2012

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Altoona hospitals  get tough on smoking

ALTOONA – A Blair County hospital system is banning tobacco, and says it won’t hire tobacco users, starting Jan. 1.

The Altoona Regional Health System rules will require applicants to be screened for nicotine. Those who fail can reapply after

90 days.

Despite the ban, hospital officials said they won’t require new workers to abstain from tobacco once they’re hired, though it will be encouraged.

People who already work for the hospital can use tobacco when they’re not at work, but will also be offered programs to help them quit using tobacco.

The Altoona Mirror reported Friday that the ban extends to vehicles parked in hospital lots and means workers who wish to take smoke breaks will have to clock out and leave the hospital property to do so.

Visitors could be kicked off the property for repeated violations.

Pittsburgh hiker, 73, found safe on Laurel Ridge

ROCKWOOD – A 73-year-old Pittsburgh woman has been found after she went missing overnight at Laurel Ridge State Park.

Officials with the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said Jane Connelly became disoriented when she was on the Laurel Highlands hiking trail and was reported missing about 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The woman had her dog with her, and took shelter overnight, using the animal to keep warm until searchers found her at about

8:30 a.m. Friday.

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