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1 November 2013

Dublin Maternity Hospitals go Tobacco Free!

Friday 1st November: The three Dublin Maternity Hospitals will operate for the first time completely smoke and tobacco- free. In line with HSe policy, tobacco is now banned from all areas of the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital, the National Maternity Hospital and the Rotunda Hospital, including buildings, entrances, doorways and car parks.

One of the leading causes of death and illness in adults and developing babies, smoking is a critical health issue that the HSE have committed to tackling head-on. The Dublin Maternity Hospitals are supporting this policy by introducing a blanket ban on smoking on hospital grounds. In addition, all smoking shelters will be dismantled or converted, and cigarette bins will be removed from the hospitals.

Speaking of the tobacco-free policy, Dr Sharon Sheehan, Master of the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital said, "The health and best interest of our patients and staff is at the heart of everything we do at the Coombe. By supporting a smoke-free environment, we are ensuring a healthier environment for staff, women and babies."

Dr Rhona Mahony, Master of the National Maternity Hospital added: "Smoking causes so much disease and heartache. This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to join together and help each other quit smoking. A large part of Ireland begins here at the National Maternity Hospital; let our babies grow up smoke-free."

"We realise this change may be difficult for people who smoke, and much work has been done to inform and support all those using our campus, and to allow them time to prepare for this change", Dr Sam Coulter-Smith, Master at the Rotunda concluded.

Smoking cessation advice and information is being made available to anyone wishing to give up smoking, and all three Masters are encouraging their staff to avail of these services.

In-patients will also be provided with the support necessary to manage their smoking habit during their stay.

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

Tel: +353-1-408 5200
Fax: +353-1-453 6033

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