Use of all tobacco products is prohibited in all areas of Southlake
Regional Health Centre ("Southlake", or "the Hospital"), including, but
not limited to, the inside of the building in its entirety, exterior
grounds, parking garages/lots, vehicles, and bus shelters. This policy
applies to staff, physicians, volunteers, students, visitors,
contractors and patients while on Hospital property, effective April 1,
- Tobacco Products - includes cigarettes, cigars, pipes, herbal and all other (e.g. chewing tobacco) tobacco products.
- Staff - for purpose of this document, refers to any
individual that is employed or paid directly by Southlake, including but
not limited to individuals working under contractual agreements,
medical, dental and midwifery staff, Foundation staff and all others
carrying out business on behalf of Southlake.
- Student - refers to an individual who is assigned to
Southlake as part of their academic training for a future position in a
health care setting or other similar setting.
- Volunteer - refers to an individual who provides service to Southlake in an unpaid capacity.
- The Hospital - all properties and grounds owned, leased,
and/or or operated by Southlake, including satellite offices and the
Medical Arts Building in its entirety.
- Managers – ensure that staff is aware of the Smoke-Free &
Tobacco-Free Environment Policy and the actions that will be taken if
an individual elects not to follow the policy.
- Physicians – advise all patients they send or see at the Hospital of the Smoke-Free & Tobacco-Free Environment Policy.
- Human Resources – provide new hires with a copy of the policy or a letter explaining the policy upon recruitment.
- Corporate Communications - inform internal and external
audiences of the Hospital's Smoke-Free & Tobacco-Free Environment
Policy by creating and/or approving all information materials.
- Senior Leadership Team – support and implement the Smoke-Free
& Tobacco-Free Environment Policy and ensure that everyone in their
portfolios are aware of the policy and the actions that will be taken
if an individual elects not to follow the policy.
- Security - act as the enforcing body responsible for dealing with individuals who do not follow the policy.
- All staff - are encouraged to remind anyone using
tobacco products on Southlake properties about the Smoke-Free and
Tobacco-Free Environment Policy and the Smoke Free Ontario Act.
The following measures will be taken to enforce the Smoke-Free & Tobacco-Free Environment policy:
- All staff will be asked to extinguish/dispose of the tobacco
product immediately. Contravention of the Smoke-Free & Tobacco-Free
Environment Policy constitutes an infraction that may be subject to
- Visitors, the general public, contractors and other individuals conducting business on Hospital property
will be asked to extinguish/dispose of the tobacco product immediately.
If they fail to comply they will be given a verbal reminder. Repeated
violations may lead to being escorted from the property by Security.
- Patients will be asked to extinguish/dispose of the tobacco
product immediately. If they fail to do so, they will be escorted to
their patient care unit and their assigned nurse will be asked to make a
notation on their health record for discussion with the Clinical Care
Note: at no time are staff members expected to put themselves
at risk when confronting a tobacco user. Should their efforts not be
successful, staff should contact Security for assistance.
In addition, Tobacco Control Officers will be monitoring compliance
to the Smoke Free Ontario Act at Southlake. All persons found not to be in compliance with the provincial legislation will be ticketed by the Tobacco Control Officer as per the penalties determined by the legislation.
Signage and Communications:
Physical Facilities will ensure "No smoking on Hospital Property"
signs are displayed at appropriate places, including all entrances into
Southlake buildings and/or offices and in all Southlake-managed parking
Corporate Communications will ensure posters advising patients that
Southlake is a smoke-free and tobacco-free facility are posted
throughout the Hospital and, if requested, made available to Physicians
for use in their offices. A letter on Hospital letterhead will also be
made available for all Physicians to share with their patients, advising
them in advance of our Smoke-Free & Tobacco-Free Environment
Smoking Cessation Support:
- Staff/Students/Volunteers wishing to quit smoking
will be provided with onsite smoking cessation support. Packages will be
made available in the Occupational Health & Safety Department to
assist those who require or prefer external support systems.
- Patients with a history of smoking prior to admission and
require assistance in order to refrain from smoking during their
hospital stay, can request assistance and will be provided with support
for the withdrawal of nicotine as determined by the individual physician
and their units. They will also be provided with information on
cessation if requested.
- Visitors will be provided with information and direction
required in order to be in compliance with Southlake's Smoke-Free &
Tobacco-Free Environment Policy.
Southlake Residential Care Village:
- Staff, Physicians, Volunteers & Visitors
– refer to the Southlake Residential Care Village smoking policy (must
be in compliance with Hospital policy when on Hospital property).
- Residents – refer to the Southlake Residential Care Village smoking policy which outlines the areas where smoking is permitted.
Traditional Use of Tobacco by Aboriginal Persons
- As per the Smoke-free Ontario Act, Aboriginal persons will be
supported in the traditional use of lighted tobacco for Aboriginal
cultural or spiritual use. These requests will be forwarded to and
managed by Physical Facilities.