The Medical Center of Central Georgia will go tobacco free on July first. It's part of the "Just Breathe" initiative.
Employees and patients will not be allowed to use tobacco of any kind on hospital property.
Hospital officials say more than 20% of their roughly 5,000 employees smoke, and this initiative will create a safer environment for employees and patients alike.
One smoker says he just wants equal rights.
"People that are non smokers, certainly they have a right to quote unquote clean air, but on the same token we as smokers have the right to participate in any activity we want to as long as it's not illegal," said Bill Pipkey.
The Georgia Department of Human Resources says more than 10,000 Georgia Residents die each year from smoking, and tobacco is the cause of more than one of every six deaths in the state.