Hospital to take ‘zero tolerance’ to smoking

New campaign launched to promote hospital as a smoke-free site.

NORTH Devon District Hospital is helping patients and staff to beat the cravings in a bid to becoming a smoke-free site.

The hospital has joined forces with Smokefree Southwest and the Devon Stop Smoking service to launch a new campaign designed to bring it in line with other smoke-free hospitals in the South West, including the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

From May 1, the hospital will be taking a zero tolerance policy to on-site smoking. It is hoped that the introduction of new signage, as well as free help and support at special ‘quit clinics’ on Thursdays and Fridays, will help more people than ever to kick the habit.

The smoke-free programme on NHS sites builds on the laws introduced in 2007 prohibiting smoking in virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces in England.

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Alison Diamond, medical director, said: “Many visitors and patients have told us they would much prefer to visit a hospital site that is free of tobacco smoke, and object to walking through a cloud of smoke right outside the main entrance.

“Our doctors see people every day whose lives are being shortened by smoking and it contradicts everything we are trying to do if we continue to allow smoking on site.”

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