Designated smoking areas disappear from Warwick Hospital

IN LINE with legislative requirements, smoking will be banned on the grounds of the Warwick Hospital and The Oaks Aged Care facility from January 1, 2015.  

Legislation was passed in Queensland Parliament last month requiring all private and public hospitals and health services across the state to go smoke free in the New Year.  

The legislation also bans smoking within the five-metre boundary of the hospital or health service.  

"There will be no designated smoking areas from January 1 at the Warwick Hospital," Director of Nursing Jane Waite said.  

"Patients admitted to hospital or residents of The Oaks will be offered the use of free nicotine replacement therapies such as patches and gum."  

To further support patients and residents, smoking cessation training will be made available to staff.  

"The training is provided internally and will provide staff with the most up-to-date information about smoking cessation and the current evidence-based 'quit' methods," Ms Waite said.  

Under the legislation, the smoking ban will be enforceable by authorised staff members who will be able to issue on-the-spot fines.  

"However, our focus will be on informing people about the new legislation and encouraging them to improve their health by quitting smoking," Ms Waite said.  

The ban also includes vaporisers commonly known as e-cigarettes.  

For more information about changes to the Tobacco and Other Smoking Product Act 1998 visit http://www.health.qld.gov.au  

People interesting in quitting smoking are encouraged to speak to their GP or phone the Quit Line on 13 QUIT (13 78 48).  



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