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Southern Health Trust ban use of e-cigarettes

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The use of e-cigarettes are to be banned from all local hospitals and Southern Trust properties.

The Southern Trust operates a Smoke Free Policy (2008) which applies to all staff,

patients, visitors and contractors. The policy was revised recently to include an update on the use of e-cigarettes.

As a health promoting organisation, the Trust continues to be concerned with achieving and maintaining smoke free environments for all. The use of e-cigarettes has gathered popularity; however these products have yet to be deemed to be safe and effective by a competent regulatory authority.

Therefore, in line with recommendations provided by the Public Health Agency and the British Medical Association, the Trust does not permit the use of e-cigarettes by staff, service users, visitors and the public in Trust smoke free areas, including Trust Buildings, substantially enclosed outside areas and workplace vehicles.

24% of people in the Southern Trust area are smokers and around two thirds of these people want to quit. If you are one of those people who want to quit, you are four times as likely to succeed if you have support!

The Southern Trust has a strong track record of helping smokers to set quit dates

and to successfully remain quit after 4 weeks, thereby increasing the likelihood

of remaining quit for good. Free help to stop smoking is available from the Trust

Stop Smoking Service and for an appointment ring Tel: 028 3741 5333 or Email:

stop.smoking@southerntrust.hscni.net.

 

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