Legislated smoking ban for Bermuda Hospitals Board facilities

No smoking will be allowed anywhere on the grounds of the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH) or the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre. Starting Monday 1 August 2016 it will be an offence to smoke anywhere on these properties.

The Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) is collaborating with the Ministry of Health and Seniors to institute the ban in compliance with the Tobacco Control Act 2015. The Act mandates that no smoking will be allowed inside or outside health facilities. It also stipulates that cigarette, cigarette products and smokeless tobacco cannot be sold in health facilities.

Patients, visitors and staff will all be bound by the Act.
BHB will erect no smoking signage and hospital security staff will take appropriate action with violators.

“As healthcare professionals we are well aware of the risks associated with smoking,” said KEMH Chief Operating Officer Scott Pearman. “We also recognise that the change will prove a major adjustment for many smokers, but believe all will understand that it is entirely the right action to take. At BHB part of our vision is to build healthy communities. This is another step in that direction ”

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