Health authorities go smoke-free

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 50, No. 3, April 2008, Page 160 News

BC’s health authorities are going smoke-free in 2008. As leaders in health, the health authorities are committed to promoting health and protecting employees, physicians, volunteers, patients, residents, clients, and the public from the harmful effects of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke while in or on all health authority owned and/or operated premises, facilities, and grounds.  

The health authorities have a role as health care providers and are dedicated to exemplifying good health practices. They are committed to providing leadership in health-oriented policy and practice that supports the achievement of high health standards. 

Special considerations may be made for selected client populations (i.e., mental health and addiction clients, and residential, assisted living, and hospice clients in facilities used as their home, permanent, or temporary residence). Where permitted for these selected populations, outside designated smoking areas will be provided to prevent or minimize exposure to environmental tobacco smoke.  

Smoke-free health authority sites may provide a challenge to some pa­tients being admitted to hospitals. Nicotine replacement therapy will be provided to patients while in care to support them in coping with nicotine withdrawal. Clinical practice guidelines and preprinted order sets have been developed for acute staff to standardize the recommendations and usage of nicotine replacement therapy. Additional help to support individuals in addressing their tobacco use is available through Quitnow Services, 877 455-2233. 

—Erin Corry, Tobacco Reduction Coordinator, Fraser Health Authority


Erin Corry,. Health authorities go smoke-free. BCMJ, Vol. 50, No. 3, April, 2008, Page(s) 160 - News.

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