Going smoke-free will mean a more pleasant and safe environment for everyone who uses or works in our hospitals and it is a step we are taking as part of our commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of our staff, patients and visitors.

It will protect people, particularly vulnerable patients such as newborn babies and people with respiratory problems, from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke on the way into and out of our hospitals.

As a major employer and provider of hospital services to people across Hampshire, we have a responsibility to help reduce smoking and, in turn, the serious illnesses related to it. We will be providing lots of additional support to help people stop smoking as part of the programme, so we hope that this initiative will also help to reduce smoking.

Our drive to become smoke-free coincides with the start of Stoptober, Public Health England’s annual stop smoking event. We highly recommend the Quit4Life service for smokers who would like some help to give up. The service has helped 2,860 Hampshire residents to stop smoking in the last year. Visit www.quit4life.nhs.uk for more information

A patient who smokes increases their risk of anaesthetic complications and surgical site infections. Everyone knows about the general health risks associated with smoking, but not so many people know that stopping smoking for even just a week, or even a day or more, before surgery can reduce the risk of breathing problems and help the patient recover more quickly.

Our hospitals are non-smoking environments and it helps you adjust if you stop smoking before you come in for a planned treatment or operation. Stopping smoking is also proven to benefit your health, lower your risk of complications and help speed-up your recovery. 

Anyone who would like help to stop smoking can access the Quit4Life service at www.quit4life.nhs.uk.  or Text QUIT to 60123 or call 0845 602 4663 or email quit4life@nhs.net 

You can see a short film that highlights the risk of smoking "Emily's Story- Ask, Advise, Act".