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Smokefree NHS grounds

The days of smoking on NHS grounds have drawn to a close.

This ambitious move to achieve smokefree status in the grounds of every hospital, health centre and NHS building across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is part of a national drive to create a tobacco free generation within Scotland by 2034. 

Our commitment is to provide a smokefree, clean and healthy environment for all staff, patients and visitors to work and visit.

What our Smoke-free policy says 

Patients, staff and visitors should please not smoke: 

  • inside any of our buildings (that’s hospitals, health centres, offices and any other NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde building) 
  • in any of our outside spaces (including car parks, at entrances to buildings, any green spaces) 
  • anywhere on any of our sites  

All mental health units are also now smoke free. 

Staff must not smoke when on duty, including when on rest breaks, whilst on NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde property or grounds.   Staff should also not be identifiable as a staff member.

E-cigarettes may be used in hospital grounds, but NOT within buildings and not around main entrances, fire exits and any other doorways.

All patients who smoke will be offered access to stop smoking support and inpatients experiencing acute nicotine withdrawal will be treated in a supportive manner and prescribed appropriate nicotine replacement therapy(NRT) medication where required.

Smokefree Policy (pdf)

What does this mean for you?

If you are a smoker, you are not allowed to smoke anywhere on site at any of our premises, including external areas and designated smoking areas, which have now been removed.

If you are patient who is being visited by a healthcare worker in your home and you smoke, you may be asked to refrain from smoking in the lead up to and during the visit.

If you are required to stay over in hospital, you will not be allowed to smoke at all anywhere on the hospital site, including outside areas. If you can't go without smoking and you don't want to give up, you can ask the ward staff for Nicotine Replacement Therapy to help reduce cravings.

For those who want to stop smoking in hospital, hospital-based stop smoking advisors can offer support and give information. Ask staff on the ward for more information.

If you are visiting a friend or relative in hospital, you will not be allowed to smoke anywhere within the hospital building or in the grounds.


E-cigarettes can be used anywhere on our NHS grounds by patients, visitors and staff, with the exception of entrances or exits to hospitals or other health facilities. While they can now be used on grounds, e-cigarettes still cannot be used in buildings. If you are vaping please be mindful of other people around you.

For charging and storage instructions please see E-Cigarette Guidance below. 

Smokefree policy January 2017 (pdf)

Guidance on the use of electronic cigarettes on hospital sites (pdf leaflet)


Last Updated: 19 May 2021