As part of a health-care organisation, EVE is committed to promoting the health of the participants and staff in our services. Smoking is one of the leading causes of death and illness and we have an obligation to everyone to address this critical public health issue. In line with national HSE policy, EVE plans to implement a Tobacco Free Campus as of the 1st July 2015 initially for staff. This policy covers all areas of EVE campus/buildings, entrances, doorways, car parks etc.
The policy will apply initially to staff and external contractors. We are not asking employees to stop smoking – however the policy will require employees who smoke to refrain from smoking during their hours of work, both on and off campus.
We realise that this change may be difficult for people who smoke, and we are announcing the policy now in order to give everyone sufficient time to prepare for this change. We will actively support all staff in this regard. We have a range of smoking cessation support services (ref: www.quit.ie website, the National Smokers’ Quitline 1850 201 203 and the You Can Quit Facebook Page and resources from the Health Promotion website) and would encourage all smokers to avail of these. Information sessions will be held in all EVE centre’s to communicate details of the policy and discuss the local implementation plan.
Participants/members who smoke will also require support to manage their addiction while attending our service. It is our intention to address their individual needs through the Person-Centred Planning process. We will help make the transition to a tobacco free campus easier by providing information to potential participants/members about our tobacco free policy prior to joining the service; screening/early identification of nicotine dependant individuals, and provision of smoking cessation support during their time in the service. Upon leaving the service, participants/members can avail of continued support from the HSE’s cessation services, their local GP or Pharmacist.
Stopping smoking is the single most important thing a person can do to improve their health.