West Park campus is smoke-free

West Park butts out

Smoke Free

 

May 31 marked a momentous day for West Park and its commitment to patient and staff health and safety. In conjunction with World No Tobacco Day, West Park’s campus became smoke-free.

Beginning Wednesday, May 31, 2017 smoking is banned from West Park’s entire campus. This includes all outdoor space and buildings, including the Long-Term Care Centre and the parking lots, inside or outside vehicles.

Being smoke-free, a move already put in place at many other Ontario hospitals, is in keeping with provincial legislation that requires hospitals to ban smoking on hospital property by the end of 2017.

Violating the ban could mean a $305 ticket to individuals and a possible $300,000 fine to the hospital.

West Park chose May 31 as the smoke-free date to help staff and patients become accustomed to smoking off property during the summer months.

Helping staff and patients to butt out

We know it isn’t easy to quit smoking, but the Centre is committed to helping employees, physicians, patients and residents to stop smoking.

A number of initiatives to help patients and staff give up smoking are underway, including providing counseling and other aids to help transition to becoming a non-smoker.

Quitting smoking is an effective way to improve your life and health. The benefits are both immediate and long-term, for you and your loved ones.

Second and third-hand smoke also harms others.

West Park has adopted an evidence-based, practical approach to help staff and patients quit smoking. It has been successful at many other hospitals, which have already made their property smoke-free.

Here are some of the current resources available to employees, physicians, patients, volunteers and visitors to help them stop smoking.

Inpatients

Contact your Care Coordinator or contact Dr. Sharon Jankey at 416-243-3600, Ext. 2615
Call 1-877-513-5333 or visit www.smokershelpline.ca

Outpatients

Contact Dr. Sharon Jankey at 416-243-3600, Ext. 2615. Call 1-877-513-5333 or visit www.smokershelpline.ca

Employees, Physicians and Volunteers

Contact the Occupational Health, Safety and Wellness Department at 416-243-3600, Ext. 2751
Call 1-877-513-5333 or visit www.smokershelpline.ca 

Families and Visitors

Call 1-877-513-5333 or visit www.smokershelpline.ca