Important Information for our Patients and Families
West Lincoln Memorial Hospital (WLMH) is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment. Therefore WLMH will be going smoke-free effective September 30, 2013. This means that smoking will not be allowed anywhere on our property, grounds, parking areas or vehicles.
Patients who come to our hospitals after September 30, 2013, will be asked to refrain from smoking during their hospital stay. Understandably, if you are a smoker, it may be challenging for you to adjust to this change. However, your health care team is here to support you to manage your cravings and to help you get through a smoke-free hospital stay easier. They can also help you to quit smoking altogether.
More information about our smoke-free policy is also contained in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below.
We thank you for your co-operation in maintaining a healthy environment for everyone.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
West Lincoln Memorial Hospital will be going smoke-free as of September 30, 2013. This new policy is meant to promote better health in our patients and staff. It will also mean that smoking will not be allowed anywhere on our property, grounds, or parking areas.
Q: Why is West Lincoln Memorial Hospital going smoke-free?
The health and safety of our patients, staff, volunteers, and visitors are important. We strive to assist in the prevention of medical diseases such as lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, cardiovascular disease, and other medical conditions that can be caused and impacted by smoking and the effects of second-hand smoke.
West Lincoln Memorial Hospital is proud to support the smoke-free environment movement in the province along with other hospitals and public facilities in Ontario that are implementing a smoke-free policy on their property.
Q: Are staff, patients and visitors expected to quit smoking?
No. This policy does not mandate people to quit smoking. The intent of this policy is to create a smoke-free environment on our grounds. However we are dedicated to supporting those who want to manage their cravings throughout the day and those who choose to quit smoking.
Q: Is there anywhere that I can still smoke at WLMH?
As of September 30, 2013, smoking is prohibited on WLMH grounds. This includes, but is not limited to, the inside of all buildings, exterior grounds, parking lots and vehicles. This policy will apply to staff, physicians, volunteers, students, visitors and patients.
Q: Why are you making me leave hospital property to smoke? For your health and the health of others, we are smoke-free. Patients who come to our hospital may be pregnant, have cancer, respiratory problems, or other ailments and their health is affected by secondhand smoke. We feel we should be providing them and everyone else an environment free from the impact of secondhand smoke.
Q: Can I smoke in my vehicle in the parking areas?
No. Tobacco use is prohibited in WLMH parking areas, both inside and outside of vehicles.
Q: What will happen if I smoke on WLMH grounds?
Smoking and the use of tobacco is prohibited throughout the hospital grounds, and you will likely be approached while smoking outside and asked to either stop smoking or leave the property.
Q: Why can't you have smoking huts that are designated outdoor locations?
Smoking and secondhand smoke are known health hazards. As a health care organization, we are committed not just to healing illness, but also to promoting wellness. Allowing smoking on our grounds, even in designated areas, is not consistent with this commitment. We do not want our patients, visitors and employees to be exposed to secondhand smoke while on our sites.
Q: How will this new policy be enforced?
Any individual, including but not limited to, patients, staff, visitors, etc. found to be smoking on hospital property will be asked to extinguish their tobacco product immediately.
Failure to comply with this policy may result in:
a) a fine in accordance with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act
b) in the case of staff, progressive discipline, or
c) in the case of visitors, eviction
Q: How will inpatients who smoke be supported while at WLMH?
WLMH has provided training to staff and physicians on smoking cessation treatment and counseling for patients prior to this change.
If you are a smoker, it may be challenging for you to adjust to this change. If you feel that following this policy will be difficult, please speak to your doctor who can order a Nicotine Replacement Therapy to help you manage your cravings during your hospital stay. If you would like, your health care team can also help you to quit smoking altogether.
Q: Where is more information available for me to learn about smoking cessation?
More information on the Smoke Free Ontario Act can be obtained by visiting the Ontario's government's website
For free, personalized and non-judgmental support, advice and information please contact Smoker's Helpline: