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January 18, 2017
This week is National Non-Smoking Week, which is one of the most important events in Canada’s ongoing public education efforts on controlling tobacco use. This week has been observed in Canada during the third week in January for more than 37 years.
In compliance with changes to the Smoke Free Ontario Act, LHSC has been a completely smoke-free facility since June 30. The smoke-free policy includes cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars or pipes containing burning tobacco, or any other substance (such as marijuana) that can be smoked in any other manner. As such, any staff, physicians, patients and visitors wishing to smoke must move off hospital property to do so.
Smoke from tobacco or other products is a proven health hazard and becoming a smoke-free facility was just one important step towards creating a healthier hospital environment.
On an individual level, quitting smoking will provide people with a number of health benefits, including the following:
For anyone that is thinking about quitting, a number of community-based resources can be found on LHSC’s external smoke-free website.