Taking action on smoking and health
Today, ASH Scotland submitted a response to the Scottish Government’s ‘Prohibiting smoking outside hospital buildings’ consultation. This consultation seeks feedback on the implementation of the no-smoking perimeter outside hospital buildings – an important step toward fully protecting people from the health dangers of outdoor tobacco smoke.
Commenting on the consultation, ASH Scotland Chief Executive Sheila Duffy said:
“Every year, around 58,000 Scots are admitted to hospital because of smoking – while tobacco companies continue to rake in vast profits at the expense of their consumers’ health. Smoke-free areas outside NHS Scotland hospitals are about promoting the health of people in Scotland and supporting the development of NHS Scotland as a health promoting health service.
Smoke-free legislation has had widespread public support in Scotland. The no-smoking perimeter outside hospitals will support smokers who want to quit, underlines Scotland’s determination to meet our target for a smoke-free generation by 2034, and demonstrates that our NHS is one that prioritises communities’ healing, health and wellbeing.
Tobacco smoke can reach high levels around buildings where people gather to smoke and can be drawn inside through doors, windows and ventilation systems, which puts the health of people working, visiting and staying in hospital at additional risk. Tobacco smoke is toxic and preventable, and can interfere with people’s recovery.
For these reasons, ASH Scotland welcomes the government moving forward on implementing the smoke free perimeter – an important step that will protect patients’ recovery and support quit attempts. We hope everyone will support this step and take the chance to engage in a small act of kindness towards others during their time on hospital grounds”.
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.
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