Hospitals go ?cold turkey

Hospital campuses at Byron Bay and Mullumbimby officially became smoke free sites on Monday. Smoke Free signs have been erected at the hospitals' boundaries with butt out bins attached to them. New admissions to the hospitals will be assessed for tobacco dependency and offered nicotine replacement therapy and all patients who are smokers will have withdrawal symptoms monitored. Smoke Free Health Care co-ordinator, Annie Kia, said the new smoke free health care policy sent a clear message that smoking and tobacco addiction was considered a life-threatening problem.

Helping to launch the new policy at Byron Bay were the Smoke Free mascots, the Cold Turkeys, 'Nic n Tina' and Byron Bay GP, Dr James Nicholson.

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