Smoking & Scent Free Policies
Tobacco Reduction Policy provides smoke-free and vapour-free environment.
Capital Health is dedicated to protecting and improving the health of people living in the communities we serve. As part of our tobacco reduction policy, we are pleased to offer a smoke-free and vapour-free environment on Capital Health property, including our hospitals. This also supports our scent free policy.
As of Monday, October 20, 2014, this policy includes no use of tobacco products, e-cigarettes or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) or any other product that is smoked in our buildings or while on property owned or leased by Capital Health. This includes inside vehicles parked on Capital Health property and Capital Health vehicles as well as during staff-led therapeutic patient outings.
Use of these products violates our scent-free policy and could cause health issues for people who are sensitive to scents.
For admitted patients who want to manage nicotine withdrawal symptoms during their stay so they do not have to go off property to smoke, or who wish to stop smoking during their stay, we offer free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) gum and patch. Information about how to use the NRT correctly, and free stop smoking programs and resources for interested patients is on a laminated card in each bedside table.
If you are admitted to hospital and are interested in using NRT during your stay, please let your nurse know during the admitting process.
Scent Free Policy
As part of Our Promise to provide a safe environment for our communities, Capital Health has a scent free policy. In addition to remaining smoke-free and vapour-free while on Capital Health property, please refrain from wearing perfume, scented hairspray, cologne, scented deodorant, aftershave or any other scented products when you come to any of our facilities.
Scented products contain chemicals which can cause migraines, nausea and even breathing problems for people with asthma, allergies, and environmental illness.
No Scents is Good Sense! If you are unsure if a product is safe to wear, a good rule of thumb to just not wear it.