Like many other hospitals throughout Canada and around the world, CAMH is tobacco free. Our tobacco-free policy reflects our commitment to safety and wellness.
Why is being tobacco-free especially important for our hospital and our patients?
- CAMH is confronting the leading cause of preventable death – tobacco use cuts 13 to 14 years off the life of a patient, on average
- Quitting smoking enhances a patient’s success in recovery from mental illness, research shows
- A tobacco-free hospital site eliminates powerful triggers for clients and staff who are trying to quit or to stay tobacco-free
- The policy eliminates harms from second-hand smoke.
“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 is not permitted anywhere on CAMH property.
- Staff, physicians, visitors and outpatients cannot have any tobacco products visible while on CAMH property.
- Inpatients are not 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 has joined other healthcare organizations in establishing a tobacco-free environment and the province of Ontario has expanded the legislation to include hospital grounds.
On January 1, 2016, new Ontario regulations were established to ban the smoking of both tobacco and electronic cigarettes on hospital grounds. These new regulations -- part of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act and the Electronic Cigarettes Act – support CAMH’s existing policy for a tobacco-free CAMH and validates our leadership on this critical issue.
As one of 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.
Please refer to the campus maps below that define our tobacco-free and scent-free environment.