Brockville General Hospital going smoke-free November 1

All Brockville General Hospital properties will be smoke-free beginning November 1, 2017. 

October 25, 2017 – Brockville General Hospital properties will be smoke-free beginning November 1, 2017.  This extends to both their Charles Street and Garden Street sites.

All Ontario hospitals must comply with the Smoke Free Ontario Act and the Electronic Cigarettes Act which bans smoking on all hospital property effective January 1, 2018.  BGH anticipates that the early implementation date of November 1, 2017 will ease this transition prior to the arrival of inclement weather. 

With this change, individuals can no longer smoke on any hospital property; this extends to any personal vehicles parked on BGH property.  As a result, smoking designated areas at all BGH sites will be removed.  The new rules apply to the smoking of tobacco, medical marijuana and e-cigarettes (smoking/vaping).

What this means for patients and visitors

All BGH patients who smoke are offered the opportunity to quit, with support from the Hospital’s smoking cessation coordinator upon admission to the hospital.  If a patient wishes to leave the property to smoke, they should discuss this request with their care team. Visitors will also be required to leave hospital property if they wish to smoke.  Anyone interested in quitting smoking can access cessation services through their Family Health Team, Community Health Centre or the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit.

What this means for Hospital staff, physicians and volunteers

Supports are in place at BGH for any staff, physicians or volunteers who wish to make an attempt to quit. This includes increased access to smoking cessation opportunities, such as nicotine replacement therapy.


We recognize this transition will not be easy for many of our people.  We thank our community for their support and efforts as we transition to a smoke-free organization.  - Nick Vlacholias, President and Chief Executive Officer
I applaud Brockville General Hospital’s decision to go smoke- free on November 1. Cigarette smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke puts people at risk for many health problems including cancer, lung and heart disease. Helping BGH patients and staff to stop smoking will improve their health, and preventing exposure to tobacco smoke will protect the health of all those working, visiting or receiving care at the hospital.  - Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health, Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit

Abby McIntyre
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Brockville General Hospital
613-345-5649 ext. 1504