Mayo General Hospital has introduced a smoke free campus policy at the Castlebar facility that applies to staff, patients, visitors, contractors and anyone who enters the hospital buildings / grounds.
It is no longer possible to smoke anywhere on the hospital grounds, for example entrances, doorways, walkways, internal roads, car parks, cars, bicycle shelters etc.
As a leading healthcare provider, Mayo General Hospital says it is committed to reducing the use of tobacco and its harmful health effects. The hospital aims to create a healthier, smoke free, clean environment for its patients, staff and visitors.
Dr Michael O’Neill, Clinical Director at Mayo General Hospital said: “Lung cancer is the commonest cause of cancer death in men and women. In fact lung cancer kills more people than do the next three common cancers combined. Yet lung cancer is almost entirely preventable.
“About 1650 people in Ireland die from lung cancer every year. Smoking cigarettes is by far the biggest risk factor and is responsible for 90% of cases. There are over 4000 chemicals in every cigarette and at least 55 are known to cause cancer.
Exemptions for the most vulnerable patients
“I urge all doctors and allied health care workers to support the Smoke Free Campus initiative and join with us in sending a clear, strong and unambiguous anti-smoking message.”
Charlie Meehan, General Manager said: “The Smoke Free Campus policy will lead to a better health outcome for patients by treating tobacco addiction as a care issue and we are actively promoting smoking cessation to support patients to quit.
“We are able to grant exemptions to the policy for patients in certain circumstances with the input from their Consultant.
“In this way, we may make exceptions for the most vulnerable patients while also encouraging all other patients to adopt healthier tobacco-free lifestyles in order to decrease the incidence of smoking related disease.
“Providing a smoke free environment sends a clear message that this hospital is committed to protecting and promoting the health of our patients, staff and all who visit Mayo General Hospital,” Mr Meehan added.