Smoke Free Health Care Facility
St George Hospital promotes a smoke free health care environment. Smoking on the hospital grounds is against the law and fines may apply.
The aim of the NSW Health Smoke-free Health Care Policy is to reduce the risks to health associated with tobacco use by clients, staff and visitors to NSW Health facilities and the community’s exposure to second-hand smoke.
This policy applies to banning the use of cigarettes and other smoking products in NSW Health buildings, grounds and vehicles and also to the use of electronic cigarettes to eliminate the risks of exposure to particulate matter emitted by second-hand vapour.
Compliance with the NSW Health Smoke-free Health Care Policy means that all NSW Health buildings, grounds and vehicles are smoke-free. It is the organisations responsibility to ensure compliance with smoke-free by-laws where they are in place. Where appropriate and in line with the NSW Health Prosecution Policy and Guidelines, Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) may be issued to staff, clients and visitors who fail to comply with the smoke-free by-law.