New legislation which prohibits smoking within a 15-metre radius of NHS Ayrshire and Arran hospital buildings is being welcomed by the health charity, ASH Scotland.

The Prohibition of Smoking Outside Hospital Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2022 coming into effect today (Monday 5 September) is being introduced to protect non-smokers from the harm of second-hand tobacco smoke, particularly within NHS healthcare settings.

Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive of health charity ASH Scotland, said: “Extending current legislation to include outdoor areas in Ayrshire and Arran will have the positive impact of protecting people from the harmful effects of breathing in toxic tobacco smoke through vents, windows or doorways while they are being treated and recovering in hospital. 

“We urge people who smoke or vape to be considerate in remaining outside the 15-metre perimeter, ensuring hospital patients do not face unnecessary additional risks to their health caused by inhaling harmful substances.

"This is particularly important as Scotland challenges the normalisation of using tobacco and related products, on our journey towards becoming tobacco-free.” 

ASH Scotland encourages people aiming to quit smoking to call Quit Your Way Scotland on 0800 84 84 84, or visit the website here.