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PHE Calls On All NHS Trusts to Ban Smoking on Hospital Grounds

Survey finds that more than two-thirds of NHS acute trusts in England now prohibit smoking on site as part of their journey to becoming smoke free.

It has been found by Public Health England (PHE) that trusts are making steady progress in becoming smoke free with smoking now banned in the grounds of more than two thirds (69%) of NHS acute trusts in England. Despite this good progress, however, 31% of acute trusts are yet to introduce complete bans on smoking on their hospital premises.

The survey was carried out as part of PHE’s Smoke free NHS campaign. The campaign encourages hospitals to provide smoke free environments as part of supporting smokers to quit and reducing tobacco-related harms. The NHS Five Year Forward View also included a commitment for all trusts to have fully smoke free sites by spring 2020.

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