Published: 10 December 2011 05:36 PM

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center won’t be joining other hospitals in banning smoking on its grounds, at least for now.

On Tuesday, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on a 4-1 vote rejected a proposal to make the entire medical campus in Colton a smoke-free zone.

Medical Center Director Patrick Petre described proposing the ban on smoking as a way of showing what the hospital stands for.

“I just think it’s a good example for the medical center to set, to promote a more healthy environment,” he said.

Nationwide more hospitals are adopting smoke-free policies. According to a 2008 report by the Joint Commission, a leading health care facility evaluator, 45 percent of hospitals had put in place such bans.

Locally, Community Hospital of San Bernardino and St. Bernardine Medical Center approved smoking bans two years ago, and Loma Linda University Medical Center made its campus tobacco-free in January.

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