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Smoke Free Peninsula Health

In 2010 all Peninsula Health sites adopted a policy position to be smoke free. 

The smoke free policy addresses the wellbeing needs of all staff, volunteers and service users, in accordance with relevant legislation and world’s best practice. Peninsula Health continues to commit to be smoke free because

– Cigarette smoke currently leads to nearly 6 million deaths each year worldwide, including 600,000 of which are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.
– Smoking remains the single most preventable cause of disease and death
– In some areas of the catchment, daily smoking rates are more than three times that of the state average
– Death rates from lung cancer are significantly higher than Vic/Aust average, in Frankston City Council area and slightly higher in Mornington Peninsula Shire
– Of smokers within Peninsula Health staff 50% who were smokers prior to introduction of a smoke free policy 2010 have since quit
– Nearly 3000 babies are born each year in Peninsula Health
– 4000 service users access our services each year due to respiratory illnesses
– Approximately 3000 children and young people attend the children’s ward every year
– Close to 17,000 service users leave through our entrances after surgery annually

Peninsula Health runs a free Quit Smoking Support Service, which can be accessed by calling 1300 665 781.

Nicotine Replacement Therapies are available to staff and volunteers who want to quit smoking. Inpatients can also be given Nicotine Replacement Therapy.

Support to manage or quit smoking is available at anytime through Quitline on 13 7848 (13 QUIT) or at www.quit.org.au.