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Scottish Government launches consultation on no-smoking areas around hospital buildings

Ninewells hospital - image credit: Wikicommons 3.0

Scottish Government launches consultation on no-smoking areas around hospital buildings

The Scottish Government has launched a new consultation on the introduction of legally enforceable no-smoking areas around hospital buildings.

Ministers have called for views on the specific details required to extend the current indoor smoking ban to a set distance outside hospital buildings, after the Scottish Parliament amended previous legislation to introduce the measures.

The consultation will help establish the distance for the perimeter of the no-smoking areas, the wording of no-smoking notices and how they will be displayed, and whether there are any specific areas of land or buildings on hospital grounds where there is no need for a no-smoking area.

It will also consider rules for electronic cigarettes and vapes on hospital grounds but outwith no-smoking areas.

Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick said: “The smoke-free grounds policy has had some impact but has not been sufficient to end the practice of smoking around hospitals.

“Smoking remains the most significant cause of ill health in Scotland, leading to up to 100,000 hospitalisations per year and more than 9,000 premature deaths.

“Our hospitals need to be seen as accessible, open places which promote good health and lifestyle choices. Every aspect of life there should reflect that.”

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