Lancashire’s health and wellbeing provider is leading by example and will become completely smokefree from January 5.
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust will be implementing a new Nicotine Management Policy in the new year. This means that smoking, including the use of any tobacco products or e-cigarettes, will not be allowed anywhere on Trust premises.
Support is available for smokers and e-cigarette users from the Quit Squad, the Trust’s stop smoking service. The team can provide help for anyone who would like to quit smoking for good.
Professor Max Marshall, medical director at the Trust said: “We believe it is important that anyone who visits one of our sites, whether to work, to access our services or to visit a family or friend, has the right to a healthy and smokefree environment.
“We are all aware of the health risks created by smoking, including heart disease, stroke and some cancers; however, a lot of people are not familiar with the risks associated with secondhand smoke. This contains more than 4,500 chemicals, many of which are irritants and toxins including around 50 chemicals which are known to cause cancer.
“As a Trust, we recognise it can be difficult to stop smoking and we are making sure there is support available to anyone who wishes to quit for good.
“For those who do not wish to give up for good, help is available to combat nicotine cravings while on the premises or in our care.”