Top hospital stubs out the habit on its grounds
A major hospital is due to become a completely smoke-free zone from today with the total banning of smoking in its building, grounds and car parks.
From this morning, smoking will not be permitted anywhere on the grounds of Cork University Hospital, including in entrances, doorways, walkways, internal roads, car parks, cars and bike shelters.
The policy, which will apply to all staff, patients, visitors, and any other people who enter the hospital buildings and grounds, will ensure a healthier, safer and cleaner environment for all and a better health outcome for patients, say officials.
Former health minister and local TD Micheal Martin will officially launch the new CUH Smoke Free Campus policy this morning as part of World No Tobacco Day. Similar bans are in operation at some hospitals in Dublin.