Response has been provided to the Scottish Government consultation on Prohibiting Smoking Outside Hospital Buildings.  Details of the consultation can be found here.

The response from REHIS indicated support for the proposal to establish a legally enforceable no smoking 15 metre perimeter around hospital buildings and under any canopies or overhangs.  Resource to provide enforcement was raised as an area to be addressed.  The response indicated the legislation should not refer to Nicotine Vapour Products (NVPs) to limit confusion but that it is recommended NHS policies continue to exclude NVP use from hospital buildings and grounds.  The full REHIS response will be published along with all other responses on the Scottish Government website.