Smoking banned on hospital grounds in Glasgow

Western Infirmary'Photo by Emma Mitchell'2/6/13
Western Infirmary'Photo by Emma Mitchell'2/6/13

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has launched an ambitious and hard-hitting campaign to prevent smokers from lighting up on hospital grounds.

The message from Scotland’s largest health board is “Smoking on hospital grounds - we’re all sick of it.”

Local hospitals affected include the Western Infirmary and Gartnavel General Hospital.

Last week they unveiled rebranded hospital entrance signs with bright red markings on the ground and giant posters to create no smoking zones, which will be hard for smokers to ignore.

Wardens will patrol the grounds to reinforce the zero tolerance message and offer advice to smokers about how to quit.

This campaign has been welcomed by doctors, nurses, patients, visitors and ASH Scotland.

Sheila Duffy, chief executive of ASH Scotland, said: “Tobacco and its smoke are unwelcome substances on health premises, because of the damage they do to people.

“We need to protect the next generation from this lethal, addictive substance, which has claimed so many lives and undermines people’s health.”

Dr Linda de Caestecker, NHSGGC Director of Public Health, warned that smoking a hospital entrances was no longer acceptable. She said: “Staff, patients and visitors are fed-up with having to ‘run the gauntlet’ through plumes of smoke when entering our hospital sites.

“Smoking at entrances will no longer be tolerated.”