Bolton hospital’s smoking shelters are a backward step



Friday 21 June 2013

Following reports that the Royal Bolton Hospital is to re-introduce smoking shelters in its grounds, ASH commented that the proposed policy is a backward step. ASH is very disappointed in the Bolton hospital decision and would like to remind all other hospital trusts that allowing smoking in grounds and having smoking shelters is counter to NHS policy and NICE recommendations.

ASH Chief Executive, Deborah Arnott, said:

“For Bolton hospital to build smoking shelters runs counter to NHS policy and NICE recommendations and is a backwards step. Smoking remains the major cause of preventable premature death and disease and it is not appropriate for hospitals to support smoking amongst patients, visitors and staff by providing shelters. Money spent on smoking shelters would be much better spent helping smokers to quit and implementing a proper stop smoking policy.”

ENDS

Notes and Links

[1] Draft NICE guidance: Smoking cessation in secondary care