Na Homolce Hospital meets the requirements of the anti-smoking law that came into force on 31 May 2017. With effect from 1 January 2017, the hospital banned the sale of all tobacco products on its premises, joining the ranks of hospitals that publicly adopt an anti-smoking policy.
In addition to providing treatment, a hospital should also act as an organization that protects the health of its patients and employees. Smoking is the leading avoidable cause of morbidity and mortality.
Our hospital has had a non-smoking policy since 16 March 1992, in accordance with applicable legislation (permitting smoking only in designated areas). As of 1 January 2017, the hospital meets all requirements of the new anti-smoking law and has the status of a non-smoking hospital under the new legislation. Smokers can use one designated smoking area on the first floor of the hospital building.
Act no. 379/2005 Coll., the anti-smoking law, took effect on 31 May 2017.
Regulations introduced by the anti-smoking law:
- There is a ban on the sale of all tobacco products on hospital premises. This includes electronic cigarettes and articles resembling any tobacco products.
- Hospitals must not permit smoking in freely accessible interior areas and areas connected with hospital operation. The only exception is a designated smoking room, an enclosed area whose precise parameters are specified by law.
- There must be a mechanism in place to ensure adequate action against anyone who might disregard the smoking ban.