People urged to back smoke free plans

Trust Chief Executive (Interim) Paula Clarke.
Trust Chief Executive (Interim) Paula Clarke.
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The Southern Trust is calling on local people to get involved in making all health and social care sites completely smoke free by No Smoking Day on March 9 next year.

A Smoke Free policy has been in place in the Trust since 2008 which prohibits smoking in all of its buildings except those registered under The Residential Care Homes Order (NI) – which have a designated smoking room.

This latest move means that smoking will no longer be permitted anywhere on Southern Trust grounds, buildings, entrances, car parks or in cars by anyone including patients, clients, visitors, staff, and contracted workers.

With over 2,300 deaths each year due to smoking related illnesses like cancer and heart disease smoking is the most prominent preventable threat to public health.

Commenting on the plans, Trust Chief Executive (Interim) Paula Clarke said:

“Our staff have shown great commitment in helping people to stop smoking and in promoting a smoke free environment over the years and are now working hard to progress our plans to take this to the next level.

For further information and free support to stop smoking contact the Southern Trust’s Stop Smoking Service Tel: 028 3741 5333 or Email: stop.smoking@southerntrust.hscni.net You can also visit www.want2stop.info or www.southerntrust.hscni.net/healthyliving. To get involved in the plans contact Tel: 028 3741 2881 or Email: lynne.smart@southerntrust.hscni.net