By Barb McKay
By next spring, smoking could be banned on South Bruce Grey Health Centre hospital properties.
SBGHC CEO Paul Rosebush confirmed last Wednesday that the health centre is ready to work with the Grey Bruce Health Unit (GBHU) on a smoke-free hospitals project as soon as the Grey Bruce Health Services and
“We have our policy ready and our staff ready to go,” he said. “So as soon as we get the commitment from our other partners, we’ll be ready.”
GBHU medical officer of health Dr. Hazel Lynn presented details of the project during the SBGHC annual general meeting, held at the Kincardine hospital.
“Tobacco is the only legal product that when used as intended prematurely kills half of its users,” she said.
“I’ve heard the justification that we can give mental health patients a cigarette to control their behaviour,”
The GBHU introduced its smoking cessation program in 2012. The program offers therapy, the use of nicotine replacement products and even financial support to purchase the replacement products. The same methods of intervention would be used through the smoke-free hospitals program to help staff and patients butt out.
SBGHC board chair John Haggarty said the board has agreed in principle to take part in the project and asked that the board draft a letter of support to the health unit. He said the only cost associated with the SBGHC’s involvement would be the salaries for members of the committee that is established for the initiative.