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GLASGOW HOSPITALS TO BE SMOKE FREE

September 20, 2005 12:00 PM

NHS Greater Glasgow today agreed the introduction of their no smoking policy across all NHS Greater Glasgow sites including hospitals, health centres and other healthcare settings.

The policy was drawn up following comprehensive consultation with staff, patients, the public and representative groups earlier in 2005 and will come into effect on a 12-month phased basis from March 2006.

The policy aims to protect staff, visitors and patients from the effects of tobacco smoke and recognises the role NHS Greater Glasgow should play in improving health and reducing smoking rates in Greater Glasgow.

The policy highlights the Board's commitment to supporting good health and new smoking cessation services will be introduced to help staff and patients to quit.

There will be exceptions including residential care homes and long stay psychiatric facilities that are in effect a patient's home.This is in line with the introduction of the Scottish Parliament's Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005

Evelyn Borland, Acting Director of Health Promotion said:"The results of the consultation show that the overwhelming majority of staff and public support the policy and welcome the Board's unequivocal commitment to reducing ill-health caused by smoking."

ENDS

Notes to Editors

Greater Glasgow has a higher smoking population than the average for the UK, and the habit is concentrated in the city's poorest households, with up to 52% of residents smoking in some areas.

In Glasgow one in five people die due to smoking related illnesses, costing the NHS more than £14 million.

As well as the various cancers related to the habit, smokers are also liable to die from chronic bronchitis, strokes and heart attacks.

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