World No Tobacco Day – LHSC has been a smoke-free facility for nearly a year

May 31, 2017

Every year on May 31, the World Health Organization and partners mark World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health and additional risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

On this World No Tobacco Day, London Health Sciences Centre would like to remind all staff, physicians, patients, visitors and volunteers we are a smoke-free facility per the Smoke Free Ontario Act, and anyone wishing to smoke must move off hospital property to do so. This Smoke-Free Environment Policy took effect at LHSC nearly a year ago on June 30. 

Since LHSC’s smoke-free policy was introduced we have made a number of changes to make it easier for those wishing to smoke to move off of our hospital properties. These changes include the movement of some benches, improved walkways, the construction of a fence along Baseline Road at Victoria Hospital and the installation of additional trash and cigarette butt receptacles. In addition, there was the creation of Western University’s “Clear Air Corridor” to the south of University Hospital, which means smokers should not move to Western University property to smoke.

Thank you to everyone for your cooperation and commitment to helping ensure a safe and healthy environment for those who receive care, work in, or visit our facilities. For more information about the Smoke Free Ontario Act or this policy, including smoking cessation resources, please the Smoke-Free at LHSC website.