St. Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown becomes a smoke-free zone today, March 3.
Smoking is now not permitted anywhere on the hospital grounds, including entrances, doorways, walkways, internal roads, car parks, cars and bicycle shelters.
The policy, which will apply to all staff, patients, visitors, contractors and anyone who enters the hospital buildings or grounds, will ensure a healthier, safer and cleaner environment for all and better health outcomes for patients, the hospital claims.
Prof Donal O’Shea, Clinical Director, said introducing the Smoke Free Campus policy in St Columcille’s Hospital “provides an environment that promotes health and supports those who want to stop smoking.”
Similar initiatives have been introduced in other large hospital campuses, including St Vincent’s and Connolly Hospital in Dublin.
Prof O’Shea said they are not telling people they must stop smoking “but we are asking people not to smoke in our hospital.”
“Stopping smoking, at any age, is the single most important thing a person can do to improve their health and we are very pleased to be able to provide such an environment in St. Columcille’s Hospital that is supportive of anyone who wishes to do that.”