As a health care facility, Health Sciences North (HSN) has an important role to play in promoting health and wellness in our community. We value a healthy and safe environment for our patients, visitors and all who work at HSN. Smoking on our grounds is prohibited. This is in accordance with Health Sciences North Corporate Smoke-Free Policy, the City of Greater Sudbury Bylaw #2002-300 and the Smoke Free Ontario Act 2016.
Any individual found smoking, including e-cigarettes, on hospital property (includes all hospital buildings, exterior grounds, parking lots, as well as inside cars) will be reminded of HSN's smoking policy and will be asked to extinguish their product immediately. Greater Sudbury by-law officers could also fine any person found in contravention of the Smoke Free Ontario Act as part of their ongoing enforcement of the Act. Fines can be up to $1000 for a first offence.
Smoking is the number one preventable health risk factor in Canada. Hospitalization or an illness presents an opportunity to initiate tobacco cessation and our smoke-free hospital policy encourages temporary tobacco abstinence for patients.
Patients are encouraged to speak with staff about Nicotine Replacement Therapy during their hospital stay. If you have additional questions or concerns about how a smoke-free HSN may impact your hospital stay, please contact our Patient Relations Office at (705) 523-7100, extension 3737.