Introduction

The Smoke-free (Premises and Enforcement) Regulations 2006 state that all enclosed premises and company vehicles are to be smoke free without exception. This applies to Ashford and St Peters Foundation Trust (hereinafter known as The Trust).

The Trust is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all staff, patients, visitors and contractors, so that anyone who visits any of our Trust premises and associated grounds are free from inhaling other people’s smoke, as this is widely acknowledged to be a public health hazard, proven to cause ill health.

The Trust has a statutory duty to display signage to inform the public and to enforce these regulations. Tobacco smoke pollution is an unwanted and unnecessary hazard to public health. Allowing patients and staff to smoke undermines the message that smoking and tobacco smoke pollution are dangerous. The NHS, as the principal health treatment and promotion organisation, should take the lead in promoting the no-smoking message.

As the largest employer in the country, the NHS has a duty to protect the health and wellbeing of staff, as well as patients, from the health hazards of smoking and to demonstrate exemplary conduct to other employers. It also has a duty to promote the health benefits of not smoking.

 

Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: Health and Safety Manager / Deputy Director of HR
Ratified by: Trust Executive Committee
Date Ratified: June 2024
Date Issued: June 2024
Review Date: May 2027
Target Audience: All staff
Contact name: Health and Safety Manager / Deputy Director of HR

 

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