Trust bans smoking on hospital grounds

Published Monday, 10 March 2014
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The Western Health Trust has begun preparations for its ban on people smoking on its grounds.

Trust bans smoking on hospital grounds
Smoking is being banned at the hospital. (© UTV)

To coincide with National No Smoking Day, from Wednesday, the Trust will implement its ban and in preparation the smokers' hut at Altnagelvin Hospital has been dismantled.

Cardiologist Dr Albert McNeil helped take a sledgehammer to the smokers' refuge.

He told UTV: "We are in the business of health provision and smoking is the biggest preventable cause of disease within Northern Ireland, causing about 2,300 deaths a year.

"That's the equivalent of five jumbo jets and it's incompatible for a health service provider to countenance the ongoing use of one of the biggest causes of preventable disease within the province."

Smokers are not happy about the move, with some saying they will continue to have their cigarettes out on the roadside of the hospital.

However the trust employs smoking cessation nurses to help people overcome the addiction.

Karen Harper explains: "We are not making people go through nicotine withdrawal unless they want to.

"We are offering nicotine replacement therapy which can help with stopping smoking."

While the Western Health Trust is breaking new ground with the move, it's expected other health trusts will follow suit.

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10 Comments
bob in :( wrote (256 days ago):
so are they going to ban the sale of soft drinks, coffee, sweets etc in hospitals aswell?
Observer in Online wrote (256 days ago):
I agree with Paul Baxter - I hate walking into a cloud of smoke at the front door of every public building, the sooner they ban it the better!
crip in australia wrote (256 days ago):
Gerard its the tar in smokes they need to reduce and quite a number of chemicals,the nicotine is additive but not that harmful,I'm with you,but most smokers like myself can be inconsiditate to others,I agree with the ban,but an area should be made.I say stop coffee drinkers,it makes ur breathe smell and is also full of caffeine,at least tea has a slower release of this and has proven anti-oxidising effects! sorry for my spelling??
Paul Baxter in Dromore wrote (257 days ago):
Its about time you have to fight through smokers standing at the entrance to hospitals. The mess they leave throwing the cigarettes on the ground.
Chris W in U.K wrote (257 days ago):
You cannot stop people from smoking in the open air on public tax paid property,smoking is a legal product anyway.
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