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Queen’s Hospital, Romford, bans smoking from its site for national No Smoking Day

PUBLISHED: 10:33 17 March 2015 | UPDATED: 11:00 17 March 2015

Queen's Hospital is hosting activities for No Smoking Day, which will take place a few days before the hospital becomes smoke-free.

Queen's Hospital is hosting activities for No Smoking Day, which will take place a few days before the hospital becomes smoke-free.

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Havering Council carried out tests in a Romford shopping mall.

To mark national No Smoking Day on Wednesday, Queen’s Hospital. Romford, has become smoke free for good.

The smoking shelters have been removed and anti smoking signs were put up to try and deter people from lighting

up.

The signs featured patients treated at Queen’s who have been affected by smoking, including a mother and her new born baby.

Last September a survey by Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust found 66 per cent of respondents supported a full smoking ban.

Matthew Hopkins, chief executive of Queen’s, said: “Smoking is a major cause of disease and early death, and second hand smoke inconveniences our patients, staff and visitors.

“We have acted on complaints from staff and patients about people who smoke on our sites.”

Mr Hopkins added: “The health of our patients and staff is important to us.

“We want to make a difference to help people to lead healthier lives.”

Havering Council supported No Smoking Day with a stall in The Mercury shopping mall, Romford, from Tuesday to Thursday.

They supplied carbon monoxide readings, lung age testing and gave out support and advice.

In Havering, around 19 pc of adults smoke, the 11th highest of the 32 London boroughs.

Cllr Wendy Brice-Thompson, cabinet member for adult social services and health, said: “Quitting such an ingrained habit is never easy, but we all know the benefits of giving up smoking, so it is definitely worth the effort.

“I hope Havering smokers will make this the year they try to quit, and good luck and well done to everyone who attempts it.”

For support to quit call your local Stop Smoking Service on 0800 0320102.

Smokers can also visit www.nhs.uk/smokefree or call NHS Smokefree Helplines 0800 022 4332 or 0300 123 1044 for advice or to order a free quit kit.


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