Smoking ban agreed
12:01pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
A FULL smoking ban on health sites in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan has been agreed.
It means from October 1, smoking will not be allowed at any of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board‘s sites.
The decision will see smoking shelters removed from health sites, a smoking enforcement officer recruited, the banning of e-cigarettes in hospital premises and protocols put in place to support smokers whilst in hospital.
The board discussed a number of issues raised by staff, patients and the public, including concerns of residents living close to the University Hospital of Wales, about the impact of the smoking ban.
Dr Sian Griffiths, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, said implementing the full ban would mean looking carefully at ways of addressing those concerns and working with everyone involved to make it a success.
She said: “The board has fully supported this proposal which is about helping to improve the health of those we serve by leading by example in changing the culture around smoking at hospital.
“But we are under no illusions that this will be an easy task. That is why the board has asked for close monitoring of the implementation and regular updates on what is a challenging but an appropriate thing for us to do as a responsible public health organisation.”