ACT Health is smoke free

ACT Health is committed to providing a smoke free environment for our staff, healthcare consumers and visitors, to protect them from the harmful effects of tobacco smoke.

Smoking is not allowed at any ACT Health facility, except in a designated outdoor smoking area. From 1 September 2014, ACT Health will be completely smoke free.

ACT Health facilities are now smoke free

Currently smoking is only allowed in the designated outdoor smoking area. Staff will inform you where this is located. The location is also marked on the map below.

This is the only location where patients can smoke on the Canberra Hospital campus. From 1 September 2014, the designated outdoor smoking area will be removed.

Smokers who are inpatients at the Canberra Hospital will continue to be provided with free Nicotine Replacement Therapy and other forms of support to assist them to remain smoke free during their stay.

Over the last fifty years, more than 700,000 Australians are estimated to have died prematurely due to tobacco use. Smoking is known to cause many diseases both to smokers and non-smokers.

Please support us in creating a smoke free environment, which is better for everyone's health.

Download: ACT Health smoke free brochure (PDF File - 137k)

Smoke free map - Canberra Hospital

Smoke-free map - Canberra Hospital

Patients and visitors

Currently at all ACT Health facilities, visitors must refrain from smoking, or smoke only in the designated outdoor smoking area. Staff will inform you of the location of this area. The location is also marked on the map above.

From 1 September 2014, the designated outdoor smoking area will be removed.

If you're a patient coming into hospital and you smoke, take up our offer of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to help you not to smoke during your hospital stay. This will reduce any withdrawal symptoms such as cravings, irritability and anxiety.

You may be asked questions about your smoking such as:

  • How many cigarettes per day do you smoke?
  • How soon after waking do you have a cigarette?
  • Have you tried quitting recently or do you want to quit in the near future?

This will help staff understand your level of nicotine dependence and whether you are likely to experience nicotine withdrawal when you stop smoking.

Nicotine dependence

Good indications of nicotine dependence are:

  • smoking within 30 minutes of waking
  • smoking more than 15 cigarettes a day
  • previous unsuccessful attempts to quit.

If you're assessed as nicotine dependent and your medical condition allows NRT, then you will be offered nicotine patches or gum for use during your hospital stay.

Nicotine replacement therapy

There may be medical reasons for not being offered nicotine replacement therapy including:

  • you are allergic to nicotine
  • you have recently had a stroke
  • you have recently had a heart attack or have angina
  • you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Interested in stopping smoking?

You'll start to notice many benefits when you stop smoking. For a start, your body will begin to recover from the harmful effects caused by smoking. Other benefits include improved fitness, having the extra money you would normally spend on cigarettes, and having improved sense of taste and smell.

Support and practical help is available if you wish to quit smoking. Call Quitline 13 QUIT (13 7848).

Further information

Call 13 QUIT for information on quitting.