The use of e-cigarettes is now permitted on our grounds in a bid to further cut smoking rates.
E-cigarettes can now be used on grounds by patients, visitors and staff. However, they cannot be used at entrances or exits to hospitals and other health facilities.
The newly updated Smokefree Policy ensures a consistent position about the use of e-cigarettes on hospital grounds and the e-cigarette friendly approach of smoking cessation services.
While they can now be used on grounds, e-cigarettes still can’t be used in buildings. Use is allowed anywhere on the grounds, however people are being asked not to use them outside entrances and exits.
The type of e-cigarette permitted will be specified for inpatients (eg prefilled only).
Guidance will soon be made available regarding safe charging of e-cigarettes (specific restrictions for charging will apply for Mental Health inpatients).
We hope that the new policy will help change the behaviour of a small hardcore of people who continue to smoke on hospital grounds and especially around hospital entrances.
Smokers looking to quit can visit www.nhsggc.org.uk/smokefreeservices and book directly into a local service using our handy postcode search facility; call Smokeline on 0800 84 84 84 for information; walk into any pharmacy for support; or find us on twitter and facebook by searching for ‘nhsggc/smokefree services’.