NHS Trust to have smoke free premises

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The NHS Trust which provides the county’s specialist mental health and learning disabilities services will become a completely smoke free organisation at the end of June.

Patients and visitors will no longer be able to smoke tobacco products at any Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) site, in a bid to tackle the smoking culture in mental health services across the country.

Smoking is currently permitted within designated areas of the Trust, but will cease with effect from June 28.

The move is based on National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines, which recommend that all hospital sites, including mental health hospitals, should be completely smoke free.

E-cigarettes and vaping will be permitted within outdoor areas.