Greater Glasgow NHS Board is aware their success in achieving a smoke free NHS will be dependent, not only upon the formal introduction of a smoke-free policy, but also upon the support of staff, patients and public (both smokers and non-smokers) in complying with and, where necessary, enforcing all elements of the policy. This consultation therefore seeks the views of all who will be affected by and will potentially play a part in enforcing the policy.1.1 A summary of the key provisions in the policy
The following is a brief summary of the key provisions in the policy. (However, please consider carefully the whole policy document before making your response.)
The draft policy has been designed to support the aspiration within A Breath of Fresh Air: the tobacco control action plan for Scotland that “no Scot should be exposed involuntarily to second-hand smoke at work or anywhere else and for them to choose to reject smoking as being an outdated and unfashionable practice which doesn’t have a place within a healthy forward-looking nation.”
The primary focus of the policy has therefore been to protect staff, visitors and patients from the harmful effects of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). It also includes support for staff and patients to stop smoking and recognises the contribution the policy can make to smoking prevention and the reduction of smoking rates in the wider community.
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