Central Coast Local Health District (CCLHD) is reminding the local community that their grounds are smoke free in the lead up to World No Tobacco Day on 31 May.
The ban applies to all CCLHD hospital and community health care centre grounds.
The aim of the ban is to reduce the health risks associated with tobacco use and reduce exposure to second-hand smoke for patients, staff and visitors at health facilities.
Central Coast Local Health District Health Promotion Director Niki Kajons said tobacco smoking remains the greatest cause of preventable death across our population, and CCLHD does not tolerate smoking in any way.
“World No Tobacco Day is held each year on 31May to raise awareness about the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure, and to discourage the use of tobacco,” she said.
“This year the focus for World No Tobacco Day is the impact of tobacco on lung health.
“Tobacco has a significant impact on lung health for smokers as well as for people exposed to passive smoke.”
To support people with not smoking at hospital, Ms Kajons said CCLHD patients are able to access nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) during their stay in hospital, and visitors can purchase discounted NRT through vending machines.
These are located in the Emergency Department at Wyong Hospital and the after-hours entry at Gosford Hospital.
Ms Kajons thanked the community for supporting the smoke free policy.
“Thank you to those patients, staff and visitors who help us to keep our air fresh and clean to provide a safe and healthy environment.”
For support to quit smoking, call the Quitline on 13 7848, go to www.icanquit.com.au, or talk to your health professional.