JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Eleven area hospitals are enacting a no-smoking ban on their properties, forcing people to go off hospital property to light up.
While smoking has been banned inside hospitals for years, the new, property-wide ban goes into effect Thursday.
Smokers will now have to leave hospital property; in the case of the large Shands Hospital, that's the equivalent of several blocks.
At many hospitals, new signs will appear at popular smoking areas to inform people of the new rule. Security guards will be on the lookout for telltale puffs of smoke.
Hospital administrators say the goal is to educate people, not reprimand them.