E-cigarettes can now be used on NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (NHSGGC) grounds by patients, visitors and staff, in a bid they say to further cut smoking rates.
The e- cigarettes can only be used on Hospital grounds though, they are still banned in the hospital buildings.
The change in policy has come around in an effort, so writes the Herald, to try and change the behaviour of a few hardcore smokers that still smoke at hospital entrances. It is hoped that by allowing vaping, they will change their habits.
Director of Public Health, Dr Emilia Crighton said, “Tobacco is still the most common preventable cause of death in Scotland with smoking to blame for around a quarter of all deaths.
“We’re now allowing e-cigarettes on our grounds to give our patients, staff and visitors more choice in how they quit smoking.
“We have seen the percentage of people who smoke fall from 37.5 per cent to 25 per cent over the last 10 years. I believe allowing e-cigarette use is the next tool in that fight and it will play a role in reducing that figure even more.
“Our Smokefree services are designed to help people identify an approach that works for them. Over the last five years, more than 150,000 people have used our Smokefree Services and this method can be used to manage nicotine withdrawal while smokers work towards quitting altogether.”
Source – Totally Wicked