Six more hospitals in North Carolina are prohibiting smoking on their campuses, including parking lots, sidewalks and inside personal vehicles.
Tobacco use is now banned at 96 of the state's 134 hospitals.
The North Carolina Healthy Hospital Initiative made the announcement Thursday. The organization's goal is to make all the state's hospitals tobacco-free by 2009.
The six health care facilities that recently adopted the policy are: Columbus Regional Healthcare System in Whiteville; Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport; Duplin General Hospital in Kenansville; Lexington Memorial Hospital in Lexington; New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington; and Pender Memorial Hospital in Burgaw.