Katy Gallagher has announced that D-Day has arrived for the hard-smoking health workers of Canberra.
- All ACT Health facilities will be smoke free from today, marking another step in the ACT Government’s program to reduce the harmful effects of tobacco smoke.
ACT Health Minister, Katy Gallagher MLA, said smoking would now only be permitted in approved designated outdoor smoking areas.
“Each ACT Health worksite has only one designated outdoor smoking area for staff, as well as a separate area for visitors and healthcare consumers,” Ms Gallagher said.
The Minister said support had been provided to staff through free nicotine replacement therapy while patients admitted to Canberra Hospital would be assisted to manage their nicotine dependence while in hospital.