Site-wide smoking ban set for hospitals

BBC Midlands Today

Smoking will be banned from Friday throughout hospital sites belonging to an NHS trust in the West Midlands.

Hospital sign

Hospital buildings run by Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust are already smoke-free, but as of tomorrow it will also be outlawing on-site smoking outdoors.

Anyone who ignores the measure, including people smoking in cars at the site, could face a maximum £50 fine, with staff facing disciplinary action if caught.

The trust says it's making final preparations today for the switch on what will be the 71st anniversary of the birth of the NHS.

Vaping will be allowed outside, with some shelters kept for that purpose, but the trust says they'll be checked on CCTV to make sure they're not used for cigarettes.