From this week, the Borders General Hospital has become the latest healthcare site in NHS Borders to go smoke free, in line with the Scottish Government’s plan to make every hospital in Scotland smoke free by 2015. Smoking is now prohibited across Borders General Hospital grounds and car parks.
Dr Eric Baijal, NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council Joint Director of Public Health, supports the move, saying: “Most of NHS Borders’ grounds have been smoke free for some time now.
“We know that smoking is extremely harmful to health and causes in excess of 13,000 deaths per year in Scotland. The toll of smoking on our nation’s health cannot be underestimated.
“Creating smoke free hospital grounds sends out a powerful message that every visit to our health service is an opportunity to promote and improve people’s health.”