Our sites are smokefree
Whether you're a patient, visitor, or staff member, you can't smoke on any of our hospital sites. This is to protect vulnerable patients and children from the adverse effects of cigarette smoke.
This includes all side roads, car parks and outdoor areas within our campus boundary. If you wish to smoke, you will need to walk off our site, otherwise you may be challenged by NUH staff. We also remind you that, if you choose to smoke off site, you will need to be mindful of our local neighbours, and we ask that you dispose of cigarette butts and litter in a bin.
You can vape on our sites
Vaping is allowed on NUH sites for patients, visitors and staff.
The most up-to-date research on the effects of vaping shows it to be 95% safer than smoking (based on research by Public Health England). Vapes contain only a fraction of the chemicals found in tobacco, and a 2014 Public Health England independent evidence review showed that there is no evidence of harm to bystanders from exposure to e-cigarette vapour, and the risks to health are likely to be extremely low.
Unfortunately, due to fire prevention protocol, we are unable to allow patients to charge vapes on our wards and in our hospitals.