Smoke-Free for LIFE
In keeping with our vision to be a Centre of Excellence in First Nations and northern healthcare, SLMHC is now smoke-free. Effective April 1, 2017 smoking is no longer permitted anywhere on SLMHC grounds.
[Smoking is the act of lighting, inhaling or carrying of a lighted or smoldering cigar, cigarette, electronic cigarette, or pipe of any kind.
Any processed or unprocessed form of tobacco that may be smoked, inhaled or chewed, including snuff will be prohibited from use on SLMHC grounds.
Products intended for use in nicotine replacement therapy will be permitted; exemptions will be will be in place for the burning of tobacco during traditional healing and medicine ceremonies within the Chief Sakatheway Andaaw’iwewigamik Ceremonial Room]
Options for Patients
SLMHC provides the following options to help those who are admitted to the hospital to deal with their nicotine cravings and tobacco addiction.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
Patients who are admitted are asked if they would like nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) while here.
We have specially trained staff who can work with patients, to help them quit smoking. You can develop a quit plan and be put in touch with smoking cessation resources so that when you leave the hospital you can continue your fight against tobacco addiction.
SLMHC is pleased to offer support for patients, staff and visitors looking to quit or reduce smoking. SLMHC will also continue to offer nicotine replacement therapy (the patch, gum, lozenges, inhaler etc.) to patients who need to manage their nicotine withdrawal while they stay at the hospital. For more information and for frequently asked questions about this move to smoke-free grounds, please follow the links below.
Why Smoke-Free Grounds?
Smoke-free hospital grounds protect patients, staff, volunteers and visitors from exposure to second-hand smoke and tobacco use. It also promotes the benefits of a tobacco-free and smoke-free environment to the community.
Hospital admissions can prompt smokers and tobacco users to make a quit attempt and presents an opportune time for health care professionals to provide them with cessation supports. Smoke-free environments can support these quit attempts and help those who have quit stay quit.
Further, all hospitals and psychiatric facilities will become completely smoke-free as of January 1, 2018, in accordance with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act. Going smoke-free as of April 1, 2017 will help SLMHC move towards this legislated change. For details on the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/smoke-free-ontario. This decision to adopt smoke-free grounds is an important step in working together to improve the health status of individuals, families and communities now and for generations to come.