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16 August 2013

Coombe to become tobacco-free campus in November

From November 1st 2013, smoking and tobacco products will be banned from the grounds of the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital.

The HSE has committed to making all its workplaces and campuses smoke-free by 2015 and the Board and Management of the Coombe is supporting this goal.

The Coombe is working with the National Maternity Hospital and the Rotunda Hospital to provide an environment that promotes health and supports those who want to give up smoking.

Smoking increases the risk of a  number of pregnancy complications. Compared to non-smokers, smokers are:

  • between 30% and 50% more likely to have a miscarriage
  • twice as likely as non-smokers to develop a problem with the placenta

Research also suggests that 1 in 10 stillbirths is caused by smoking.*

The ban will apply to hospital staff, outpatients, inpatients, visitors (including supplies' delivery staff) and external contractors.

Inpatients who smoke will require support to manage thier addiction whilst in our care, and this will be given under the direction of the patient's care team.

Intending or existing patients who wish to take the opportunity to give up smoking should call the National Smokers' Quitline on Callsave 1850 201 203 for advice on where to find your local HSE Smoking Cessation Councellor.

 

* Source: Give your baby a breather - HSE July 2008

Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital
Cork St.
Dublin 8.

Tel: +353-1-408 5200
Fax: +353-1-453 6033
email: info@coombe.ie

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