Permanent smoking and vaping ban starts at Darent Valley Hospital
PUBLISHED: 13:43 03 October 2017 | UPDATED: 13:43 03 October 2017
The ban was timed to start with Stoptober
A smoking ban stretching beyond the 31-day Stoptober campaign is underway at Darent Valley Hospital.
As smokers across the country look to try and kick the habit during the campaign, the Dartford hospital has gone a step further, with a permanent ban on smoking on site which started on Monday.
Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, has also banned vaping on the hospital grounds.
Two wardens will be patrolling the grounds as the new, with the hospital saying visitors and patients have so far been “very cooperative and responsive”.
A spokesperson from the hospital said: “If you need to stay over in hospital, you will not be allowed to smoke at all anywhere on the hospital site, including outside areas.
“If you can’t go without smoking and you don’t want to give up, you can ask for Nicotine Replacement Therapy to help reduce cravings.
“For those who want to stop smoking, hospital-based stop smoking advisors can offer support and give information on the local services. Ask staff on the ward for more information.”