2017 National Non-Smoking Week
There will be a Smoking Cessation Road Show taking place on all units throughout the week at both Mental Health Services and St. Mary’s of the Lake with information about how to quit or reduce smoking.
Tobacco use has long been recognized as an addiction, resulting in the deaths of half of its users. It is the leading cause of preventable illness, disability and premature death in Canada and the leading cause of preventable death worldwide.
Further, medical and scientific evidence demonstrates that second hand smoke is hazardous to a person’s health as there is no safe level of exposure.
You CAN be Tobacco Free – Choose Now! Speak to your health care team about getting started on being tobacco free for life.
As of January 1, 2016, smoking on hospital property by staff, visitors and families is not permitted in accordance with Bill 45, Making Healthier Choices Act. This includes smoking in parking lots and in personal vehicles on hospital property.
Individuals found in violation with the bill are at risk of being fined personally, by bylaw officers, anywhere between $305 to $1000.
Providence Care’s smoking policies and procedures are being updated to reflect the current legislation and as we transition to a 100% smoke-free they will change to reflect the environment.
Providence Care has partnered with the University of Ottawa, Heart Institute to offer the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation program. This evidence-based program provides staff with the tools and resources to help support our patients and clients reach their goals of either quitting smoking, reducing their smoking or managing withdrawal symptoms while in our care.
To learn more about National Non-Smoking Week website to learn more.
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