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Smokefree

A safer environment for everyone

To enable us to provide a safe environment that promotes health and reduces harm from exposure to second hand smoke, all of our sites are now completely smokefree. This means that smoking is not permitted on any of our sites including all buildings, grounds and vehicles. We have removed designated smoking areas.

As an NHS organisation, we have a duty to protect and care for the health and wellbeing of our patients, staff and visitors. Many of the people who access our services are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of second hand smoke, such as pregnant women, babies, children and those with medical conditions.

We recognise that smoking is personal choice and we do not discriminate against those who choose to do so. However we ask that you help us keep our buildings and grounds smokefree to protect others. If anyone is seen smoking on our premises, our staff have the right to respectfully request for them to stop and extinguish their cigarette.

We know that many people are giving up smoking by switching to e-cigarettes and these have been proven to be an effective way of helping people to quit smoking completely. As e-cigarettes do not expose others to second hand smoke and offer a less harmful alternative to smoking their use is permitted within the grounds of our sites, but their use is not permitted indoors.

 


Frequently asked questions


Support to stop smoking  

All patients accessing our services will be asked about their smoking status and those who do smoke will be offered advice and support to help refrain from smoking.  This will include a referral for on-going support for those who wish to give up smoking on a permanent basis and access to Nicotine Replacement Therapy during their admission.

For more information on the effects of smoking and the support available visit our stop smoking page.

 

For further advice and support to stop smoking contact:

If you have any queries about the trust being smokefree please email smokefree@northumbria.nhs.uk

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