Like many other hospitals throughout Canada, the U.S., and around the world, CAMH is
going tobacco free. Reflecting our commitment to patient and staff safety and
wellness, we are launching an initiative that will see CAMH tobacco free by
Smoking is the leading cause of disease and premature death
among our patients. Second-hand smoke represents a serious danger to health for
patients, staff and visitors. Research shows that tobacco-free psychiatric
facilities are associated with a number of health and safety benefits to
“We need to keep our promise to provide a healing
environment for our patients – a safe and healthy environment for all of us,”
says Catherine Zahn, President and CEO of CAMH.
So what does this mean if you are visiting CAMH?
- Smoking will no longer be allowed anywhere on CAMH property.
- Staff, visitors and out-patients will not be able to have
any tobacco products visible while on CAMH property.
- In-patients will not be permitted to bring tobacco products
onto CAMH property.
For patients who come to CAMH specifically to address their
tobacco addiction, seeing others smoke can have a negative impact on their
treatment. As an addiction treatment facility, CAMH has an obligation to limit
triggers for patients who are trying to quit smoking.
CAMH is joining other psychiatric facilities in going
tobacco free, part of a growing trend in health care centres nationwide. Currently,
discussing the prospect of extending the smoke-free legislation to include
As one of the Canada’s
leading mental health care and addictions facilities CAMH is committed to maintaining an
environment where clients, staff and visitors can breathe freely and heal