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Visiting CAMH Centre for Addiction
and Mental Health

Tobacco-Free CAMH

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 2015.

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 patient recovery.

“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, Ontario is discussing the prospect of extending the smoke-free legislation to include hospital grounds.

 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 fully.



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