News

Smoking ban for Ipswich Hospital

THE days of patients and staff heading outside for a smoke at the Ipswich Hospital are numbered, with health officials set to ban smoking on hospital grounds by May.

Hospital staff and patients will be encouraged to quit smoking and will be offered nicotine replacement therapy to kick the habit.

The hospital joins the Ipswich Mall as two city locations where lighting up is frowned on.

West Moreton Hospital and Health Service chief executive Lesley Dwyer said even the hospital's designated smoking areas would be removed by World No Tobacco Day, May 31.

"That's why we are looking to implement a smoking cessation plan at Ipswich Hospital. We will be pulling together a group of health professionals, smokers and others to work on a plan to make this hospital and its grounds completely smoke-free by World No Tobacco Day," she said.

"We want this plan to include working with our patients and how best to help them quit smoking and to also look at how best to implement programs to help our staff quit smoking."

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said he supported the hospital's move after introducing the smoking ban in the Ipswich Mall on February 1.

"The hospital is a hospital and the last thing you want is smoking around the hospital. I support that 100%," he said.

"We are not banning smoking. What we are allowing is a smoking free area."

The Ipswich Mall ban had the support of Cr Pisasale's brother and long-time smoker, Councillor Charlie Pisasale.

Smokers face a $110 fine from the council if caught smoking a cigarette in the mall.

A $220 fine will apply for anyone failing to comply with a verbal direction from an authorised officer not to smoke. The introduction of the ban put out a few smokers who frequent the mall.

Ms Dwyer said smoking remained one of the highest risk factors for disease in Australia and a burden on the state's health resources.

Smoking increases the risk of lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic lung disease, and several other conditions.

She said on average Queensland had 36,000 smoking related hospitalisations each year.

"These are all very good reasons why I want Ipswich Hospital to be smoke free, and why it is so important that we introduce a smoking cessation plan."

Topics:  ipswich hospital, smoking ban



Ipswich pound tender documents reveal $200K condition

The Ipswich pound and rehoming centre will be run by RSPCA after September 30.

RSPCA to charge council if a new centre isn't built

Storms are coming! What it means for your long weekend

Yes, it's going to affect your long weekend

Flights resume as Bali ash cloud clears

Tourists are finding themselves caught in Bali, or unable to fly, after a volcanic ash cloud developed over the Indonesian island.

Jetstar was forced to cancel seven flights on Tuesday

Local Partners

Katy Perry gets naked to encourage people to vote

Katy Perry in Funny Or Die sketch

Katy Perry has stripped naked for a comedy video

Jogging Tom Hanks crashes wedding in Central Park

Tom Hanks stopped for a selfie with this bride and groom

MOVIE REVIEW: Storks delivers family fun

A scene from the movie Storks.

ANIMATION can be hit or miss but when it hits, it hits hard.

Nick 'the snake' to call the shots on Survivor jury

Australian Survivor contestant Nick Iadanza.

LATEST evictee is out of the game but will still have a say.

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber split

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber have split after 11 years together.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Housing report points to a lift in local market

AFFORDABLE HOMES: First home buyers have the opportunity to purchase modern new homes in the Ipswich region for under $400,000.

Region shaping up as the "final frontier” for affordable housing

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Investors out-bid first-home buyers in booming market

Housing generic.

Ipswich's housing market is putting more cash into sellers’ pockets

Another Ripley development

THE ENTRANCE: An overview of the last planned development for the fast growing Ripley area.

85 more home lots released

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.