Smoke Free WA Health: Advice for patients
Helping to create a healthy environment for patients, staff, contractors, volunteers and visitors
There is no safe level of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, also known as second hand smoke. All public hospitals and community health facilities across WA are smoke free. Smoking is not permitted on hospital or health service grounds or car parks.
If you want to smoke you will have to leave the hospital grounds. Staff are not permitted to help you to do this.
Patients who receive care at home are not permitted to smoke in the company of WA Health staff.
When admitted to hospital you will be assessed for nicotine dependence and may be offered nicotine replacement therapy during your hospital stay, unless the doctor says it is not safe. This will help to control cravings and other physical effects of nicotine withdrawal. For more information please talk to your doctor or staff at the pre-admission clinic. You should also ask your doctor what support is available at the time of discharge and when you return home.
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and other personal vaporisers for delivery of nicotine or other substances are not permitted to be used in any area where smoking is restricted.
For more information, please talk to your doctor or staff at the pre-admission clinic.
Involuntary mental health inpatients over the age of 18 years may be exempted from specific aspects of the Smoke Free WA Health System Policy in certain circumstances. See more information about mental health exemptions.
Reasons to quit
If you are a smoker, try to quit smoking before being admitted to hospital. Quitting can help recovery, particularly if surgery is involved, as smoking:
- reduces circulation
- slows healing
- increases the risk of blood clots
- increases your risk of infection.
There are lots of treatments to help people quit, ranging from counselling and group quitting programs such as the Cancer Council’s ‘Fresh Start’ course to nicotine replacement therapy.
Health professionals such as doctors and pharmacists can provide good advice and support throughout the quitting process.
If you are a smoker, consider quitting with a friend so that you can support and motivate each other.
For more information, please contact your local health service.
The smoke free policy aims to protect patients, staff, contractors and visitors from the dangers of exposure to second hand smoke.
More information:Smoking and Surgery brochure (PDF 226KB) provides advice on quitting smoking before surgery and is available prior to admission when you are preparing for surgery.
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