Hampshire Hospitals who are responsible for Andover, Basingstoke and Winchester Hospitals have made their hospitals smoke-free zones.
Walking in through the doors of coffee shops, shops and supermarkets can sometimes be an unpleasant experience for non-smokers, having to walk through a thick fog of cigarette smoke, but when patients are attempting to access a hospital with breathing difficulties, this can be more than unpleasant.
The NHS Five Year Forward View, published in October 2014, gave a commitment to smoke-free sites across all hospital sites, it is also something that Public Health England supports.
Smoking costs the NHS an estimated £2billion a year, causing almost 80,000 premature deaths along with 1.7million hospital admissions.
Alex Whitfield, Chief Executive of Hampshire Hospitals, which runs Andover War Memorial Hospital, said: “Going smokefree is a step we have taken as part of our commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of our staff, our patients and visitors to our hospitals.
“It will protect people, particularly vulnerable patients such as newborn babies and people with respiratory problems, from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke on the way into and out of our hospitals.”
The move does not include vape and e-cigarettes which will still be allowed on-site, but away from doors and windows.