Smoke-free regulations for better health at Ottawa hospitals
Ottawa, December 12, 2017 – Starting January 1, 2018, the outdoor grounds of all Ontario hospitals will be 100% smoke-free under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA). Ottawa Public Health and Ottawa’s local hospitals are working to ensure that patients, visitors and staff are not exposed to smoking and second-hand smoke and are aware of the new smoke-free regulations. Designated smoking areas will be removed, making all Ontario hospital grounds entirely smoke-free.
The Ottawa Smoke-Free Hospital Network is working to raise awareness among the public, hospital staff and visitors to Ottawa’s 10 hospital campuses that hospital property will be 100% smoke-free as of January 1, 2018. In response, local hospitals are expanding available quit-smoking services for patients, visitors and staff including nicotine replacement therapy and smoking cessation counselling. There will also be increased enforcement measures on hospital properties that may result with issuance of Provincial Offences Notice tickets that carry fines of $305.
Hospital campuses affected by the regulations include: Elisabeth Bruyère Hospital; Hôpital Montfort; The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario; The Ottawa Hospital – Civic, General and Riverside campuses; Queensway Carleton Hospital; Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre; St-Vincent Hospital; and University of Ottawa Heart Institute.
“We all breathe the same air and by becoming 100% smoke-free, hospitals are protecting patients, visitors and staff from exposure to second-hand smoke. Like other smoke-free public spaces, people on all hospital properties will experience a healthier environment both inside and out.”
-Dr. Vera Etches, Acting Medical Officer of Health
“Hospitals in Ottawa are committed to promoting health and preventing disease. Tobacco use is a leading cause of preventable disease and premature death in Ottawa. By going smoke-free, we are promoting wellness in our community and we will support any of our patients or staff members who are ready to quit smoking.”
-Dr. Jack Kitts, President and CEO, The Ottawa Hospital
For more information about the smoke-free hospital regulations, visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca/smoke-free. For help to quit smoking, visit myquit.ca or call 1-877-376-1701.
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