You can breathe easy! We provide a smoke-free environment for our staff, patients and visitors.
Under the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Act 1998 (Qld) and Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Regulation 2010 (Qld) smoking is prohibited, including the use of electronic cigarettes, at all Queensland public and private hospital and health facilities, and for 5 metres beyond their boundaries.
The laws are enforced by Queensland Health environmental health officers and health service authorised personnel. Penalties can apply including on-the-spot fines. You can also visit Queensland Health’s Tobacco Laws in Queensland website for further information on penalties, fines and enforcement.
These laws apply to:
- Land on which any Queensland Health Hospital and Health service provides health services, such as hospitals campus, community health centre
- Land on which a private health facility (private hospital and day hospitals) provides health services
- A 5 metre no-smoking buffer beyond the boundary of the land on which the above health services are provided. The 5 metre no-smoking buffer does not extend into residential or business premises that share a boundary with health service land.
Support is available to patients and staff to quit or manage their smoking, including assisted referrals to Quitline and/or access to Nicotine Replacement Therapy products such as patches or gum. Ask one of our staff for more information.