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SJHH / Patients & Visitors/ Your Visit Or Stay/ Smoke-Free Campuses

St. Joe's is 100% Smoke-Free

New provincial law on where you can’t smoke

Under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, all indoor and outdoor grounds of hospitals in Ontario must be completely smoke-free.

Smoking is prohibited on all Campuses and hospital-owned properties including gardens, parking lots, in parked cars on our sites and within 9 metres (approximately 29 feet) of hospital entrances and exits. This policy applies to all persons on hospital property including staff, physicians, learners, volunteers, contractors, patients and visitors. This also includes St. Joe’s off-site programs and services throughout province. See below to download a Campus specific brochure:

Help us maintain a smoke-free environment

  • Wait until you are completely off hospital property before smoking (this includes use of e-cigarettes).
  • Extinguish your cigarette before re-entering our property and dispose of cigarette butts in the receptacles provided.
  • If you are thinking of quitting, consider contacting one of the following resources:

o   Patients at St. Joe’s who are thinking about quitting smoking should ask their healthcare team for resources to help them or by directly contacting,

  • City of Hamilton’s Quit Smoking Clinic: 905-546-2424 ext. 3788
  • Smokers’ Helpline: 1-877-513-5333  |  SmokersHelpLine.ca

o   There are also a number of different resources and programs available to staff, physicians, learners, volunteers and contractors to go 100% smoke-free by contacting:

  • Tobacco Program Coordinator, Ext. 33492
  • Employee Wellness Program, Ext. 37689

St. Joe’s 100% Smoke-Free enforcement strategy
To ensure we are providing an inviting, hazard-free environment for those who work, visit and receive care at our Campuses and to comply with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, we are implementing a new smoke-free enforcement strategy.

Reporting
If anyone is found smoking on St. Joe’s property, Campus Security Professionals will issue a Witness Report to you and a copy will be submitted to City of Hamilton Enforcement Officers. Individuals smoking on hospital property could also be approached directly by a City of Hamilton Enforcement Officer.

Fines
Witness Reports will be provided to City of Hamilton Enforcement Officers who will issue a fine. An individual found to be smoking on hospital property in Ontario can face a maximum fine of $1,000. If a hospital in Ontario fails to fulfill its responsibility under the law, the hospital could face a maximum fine of $100,000 for a first offence, or $300,000 for any further offence.

Click here for more information about the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.

Thank you for your support as we strive to provide a healthy, smoke-free hospital environment to ensure that those who work, visit and receive care are not exposed to the health risks associated with second-hand smoke.