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Smoke-Free Hospital

Smoking is strictly prohibited at Northumberland Hills Hospital and we thank all patients and visitors for helping us maintain a healthy environment by refraining from smoking anywhere on hospital property, including staff and visitor parking lots.

NHH was one of the first hospitals in the province to go smoke-free throughout its property, including hospital grounds, when the 1000 DePalma Drive building opened in October 2003. Following staff consultation, the hospital renewed its commitment to this policy in January 2015 and extended the ban to e-cigarettes.

"Recognizing our hospital's commitment to health and wellness and the linkage between smoking and poor health status, both our Occupational Health & Safety Committee and the Leadership and Quality Committee...approved our renewed commitment and updated policy unanimously," said Elizabeth Vosburgh, NHH's Vice President of Human Resources and Quality. For details please see the related news release here.

Failure to comply with the hospital's non-smoking policy may result in:

a) a fine in accordance with the Tobacco Control Act and the Town of Cobourg By-Law 02-2003;

b) in the case of staff, progressive discipline; and

c) in the case of visitors, eviction.

Support for Patients

Patients who are admitted to NHH and need help remaining smoke-free have access to a variety of free smoking cessation supports, including nicotine replacement therapy, counselling and other services. Exceptions are made for palliative patients only, and only with the express consent of the Vice President, Patient Services or designate.

Support for Area Residents

Smoke-Free Living sessions are offered locally by a number of agencies, including the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. For details contact the Health Unit directly at 1-866-888-4577 or visit their website at www.hkpr.on.ca. Other supports are available through the Smoker's Helpline at 1-877-513-5333 or www.smokershelpline.ca or from Health Canada.