Date lodged: 28 September 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made prohibiting smoking on NHS property, and how this has contributed towards the aim of making Scotland a tobacco-free country.
Answered by: Aileen Campbell 13 October 2017
However, smoking still persists around many hospitals. To address this, offences and penalties will be introduced for smoking around hospital buildings in 2018.
Eliminating smoking from all hospital settings will protect patients, staff and visitors from the harms of second-hand smoke. It will further de-normalise smoking which should help prevent future generations taking up the habit and reinforce the nature of hospitals as health-promoting environments.