Taking action on smoking and health
Today the Scottish Government has published its public consultation on extending the smoke-free perimeter around NHS Scotland hospital buildings. This would prohibit smoking within 15 metres of hospitals. The consultation ends on 10th January 2020.
The proposals take Scotland a step closer to achieving a tobacco-free generation by 2034. They also continue Scotland’s pioneering role in creating public health measures that protect people from the very real health dangers of tobacco smoke.
Commenting on the consultation’s publication Sheila Duffy, CEO of ASH Scotland, said:
“The Scottish Government is to be congratulated on this welcome move towards extending the legal margins of indoor smoke-free spaces in and around hospitals in Scotland.
A 15 metre smoke-free perimeter will ensure that people who are ill and whose health is vulnerable while they are recovering in hospital will be protected from toxic smoke drift through windows, doorways and ventilation systems. ASH Scotland is delighted to have the opportunity to respond to this important consultation. We fully support the continuing development of a joined-up and health-promoting health service in Scotland”.
ASH Scotland will be developing and submitting a response to the consultation in partnership with our networks.
Action on Smoking & Health (Scotland) (ASH Scotland) is a registered Scottish charity (SC 010412) and a company limited by guarantee(Scottish company no 141711). The registered office is 8 Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 2HB.
ASH Scotland acknowledges with thanks the support of the British Heart Foundation and the Scottish Government in developing our website.