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HRH's Smoke Free Environment


Humber River Hospital wants to preserve the health of its patients, visitors, staff, physicians, volunteers and community by being 100 per cent Smoke Free.


Smoking is not allowed anywhere on Humber River property, including parking lots, entrances and exits. Formerly designated smoking areas are closed at all three HRH sites. Anyone wishing to smoke is required to leave hospital grounds.


Humber River is a proud supporter of Smoke Free Ontario and joins many hospitals, businesses and organizations across Ontario in implementing this important initiative.


What this means for our Patients:


For the comfort of Humber River inpatients who smoke and cannot do so while receiving care; or for inpatients who prefer not to leave hospital property to smoke, Humber River offers a comprehensive Inpatient Smoking Cessation Support Program, including Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) during your hospital stay by arrangement with your physician. If you are interested in quitting smoking, please inform your nurse or care provider.


For more information on how Humber River’s Smoke Free Policy affects HRH patients and visitors, please read the Frequently Asked Questions below.


Frequently Asked Questions:


  1. Why did Humber River become 100% Smoke-Free?
    Humber River Hospital is committed to providing a safe, healthy and welcoming environment for patients, visitors, staff, physicians and volunteers. Eliminating smoke from all HRH properties ensures that people who work, receive care and visit Humber River are not experiencing the harmful effects of second-hand smoke.

    Humber River is a proud supporter of Smoke Free Ontario and joins many hospitals across the province in implementing this important initiative.

  2. Do patients have to leave hospital property to smoke?

    Smoking is not permitted by anyone, at any time, on Humber River property. All patients, visitors, staff, physicians and volunteers must leave the premises if they wish to smoke.

    For inpatients who smoke and cannot leave Hospital property, Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and counselling will be provided during your hospital stay by arrangement with your physician.

    If a patient declines NRT and wishes to smoke, they will have to leave Hospital property to do so.

  3. I will be visiting a patient at Humber River, where can I smoke?

    All patients, visitors, staff, physicians, and volunteers who wish to smoke must leave the property to do so.

  4. As an inpatient, can Humber River help me quit smoking during my stay?

    Humber River inpatients who want to quit smoking during their hospital stay can speak to a nurse about HRH’s Inpatient Smoking Cessation Support Program.

    To enhance the comfort of your stay at Humber River, Nicotine Replacement Therapy will be provided to inpatients (admitted to a Hospital bed) during your hospital stay by arrangement with your physician.

    Upon discharge, patients can connect with Smokers’ Helpline at 1-877-513-5333 to speak with a counsellor or contact their doctor for more information.

  5. As an outpatient, am I still eligible for free Nicotine Replacement Therapy?

    Unfortunately, Humber River can only offer Nicotine Replacement Therapy to patients while they are admitted to a Hospital bed.

  6. What will happen if I smoke on Hospital property?

    If you are found smoking within nine metres of any Humber River entrance or exit, you may be subject to a fine which will be administered by the City of Toronto. If you’re found smoking outside the nine metres you will be asked to extinguish your tobacco product or leave hospital property if you wish to continue smoking. Failure to do so may result in being charged under the Trespass to Property Act.

  7. If I have questions about Humber River’s Smoke Free Initiative, who can I contact?

    Your questions and comments are important to us. If you have questions about Humber River’s Smoke Free Initiative, please contact our HRH Patient Representative at (416) 242-1000 ext. 82256 or by email: cgooden@hrh.ca

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