Alder Hey is committed to ensuring a safe and healthy environment for it’s employees and service users. We acknowledge that breathing other people’s smoke is both a public health hazard and a welfare issue.
Smoking is not allowed in any area within the Trust premises including grounds and car parks. This includes the use of Electronic Cigarettes.
Signage that the Trust is a Smoke Free organisation is displayed at main entrances to the site.
Smoking is the biggest single, avertable cause of ill health, inequalities in health and premature death in the UK. Children are more likely to smoke if their parents smoke. Research has shown that approximately 450 children start smoking each day and approximately one fifth of Britain’s 15 year olds – 18% boys and 26% girls – are regular smokers.
Parental Smoking negatively affects a child’s health, both short and long term. Smoking throughout pregnancy is associated with low birth weight babies, sudden infant death syndrome and respiratory diseases. More than 17,000 children under the age of five are admitted to hospital each year due to the effects of passive smoking. Discouraging children from smoking has to be given the highest priority.
- Smoking is the biggest cause of preventable ill health and death in the UK.
- In the UK smoking is responsible for 1000 deaths per year.
- 80% of all smokers begin smoking by the age of 18.
- Exposure to second hand smoke is associated with cot death, middle ear infections and respiratory diseases.
- Children of parents who smoke are more likely to be admitted to hospital for bronchitis and pneumonia in the first year of life.
- Stopping smoking is the single most important thing you can do to improve your health.