HSE Tobacco Control Policies
The Health Service Executive (HSE) as the leading healthcare provider is committed to protection and prevention of illness and disease through a reduction in the use of tobacco and its harmful effects. It developed and launched a Tobacco Free Campus Policy in 2012. The policy aims is to create a healthier tobacco free, clean environment for its staff, patients/service users and visitors.
Implementation of the policy has meant that smoking by employees, patients/service users, visitors and any other parties is prohibited within all HSE campuses. The policy helps to change social norms around tobacco use and treat tobacco addiction as a healthcare issue by encouraging and supporting people to quit through the provision of cessation medication and behavioural support for smokers. A toolkit to support managers and staff in implementing the policy was also created.
A further policy, the Second Hand Smoke in Domestic Setting Policy was developed following extensive consultation with relevant stakeholders particularly those working in the community and in Primary care.