Smoke-Free and Scent-Free Facilities Smoke-Free Together Cannabis Scent-Free Environment There is no safe level of second hand smoke. Smoke-free properties reduce harm, promote healthy choices and support a safe and healthy environment for everyone, including patients, staff and visitors. Horizon is committed to health promotion and disease prevention and this initiative supports our mission of helping people be healthy. Horizon is proud to have over 100 smoke-free facilities! A recent change by the Government of New Brunswick allows individuals to be fined for smoking on our properties. This new legislation strengthens our ongoing smoke-free efforts that foster wellness. Comments or concerns? Please contact us at 1-844-545-4288 or by email at smokefree_sansfumee@HorizonNB.ca Available Resources Horizon Health Network (Horizon) is a regional centre of excellence for the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation. The “Ottawa Model” is an evidence-based,best practice model that integrates smoking cessation into the standard of care Horizon provides. We understand that smoking is an addiction to nicotine and we want to support people who will not be able to smoke while on our hospital grounds. Patients Admitted to Horizon Facilities Patients accessing care within Horizon will be asked about their tobacco status. A health-care provider will advise patients on the importance of quitting smoking and will be given helpful, supportive, non-judgemental information to help in their efforts to quit smoking, or to manage the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. Patients who are admitted to our facilities will also be offered “stop smoking” medications to assist them while they are here. During an Admission A health-care provider will offer patients who smoke support and education to help them quit smoking or provide assistance in remaining smoke-free during their hospital stay. Inpatient support includes: Education and advice from your health-care provider. Thinking about quitting smoking? We want to help. Speak to your health-care provider to create your own personalized “quit smoking plan”. “Stop smoking” medications – to help you quit smoking or manage nicotine withdrawal while you are here. “Quit smoking” medications have been shown to double or triple your chances of quitting smoking. An offer of follow-up support after you are discharged from the hospital. Taking part in follow-up support greatly increases your chance of quitting. The more support you have, the better! Other supports available Visitors may wish to buy over-the-counter nicotine replacement medication from a local pharmacy to help stay smoke-free while on Horizon property. Resources for quitting smoking or remaining smoke-free are also available for employees through Horizon’s Employee Health and Wellness Department. Patients may access additional support before or after their admission to hospital by speaking with clinical nicotine addiction specialists who have specialized knowledge in providing clinical smoking cessation support. They will listen without judgement and offer guidance, personalized advice and follow-up support to help callers reduce or quit smoking in their own way. Resources Frequently Asked Questions Smoke-free Places Act Smokers Helpline Health Canada: Tobacco On October 17, 2018, the recreational use of cannabis will be legalized by the Canadian Government. Similar to alcohol, recreational cannabis remains prohibited and cannot be consumed in any Horizon facility or on any Horizon property. Cannabis use as a medically prescribed substance is common in our community. However, its role in patients that require admission to hospital is less clear and with risk. Clinical evidence demonstrating the efficacy of medicinal cannabis is insufficient at this time. Medicinal cannabis is not a drug approved by Health Canada. This is an evolving landscape, and Horizon continues to solicit information to make evidence based decisions. At this time cannabis therapy will not be permitted in Horizon hospitals and facilities. Usage or storage of non-synthetic cannabis, in all its forms, within the facilities or on the property of Horizon Health Network is not permitted. If you’re interested in learning more, please view the following links: Cannabis in Canada: Get the Facts, Government of Canada 2018 Cannabis and Mental Health, Government of Canada 2018 Cannabis Health Effects, The Government of Canada 2018 Cannabis in New Brunswick, Government of New Brunswick 2018 Don’t Drive High, Government of Canada 2018 10 Ways to Reduce Risks to Yourself When Using Cannabis, Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Abuse 2018 Learn More – Cannabis and Pregnancy, Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada 2018 The Effects of Cannabis Use During Adolescence, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse 2015 Cannabis and Canada’s Children and Youth, Canadian Paediatric Society 2017 Horizon facilities offer a scent-free environment. Scented products (i.e. hair products, deodorant, perfume/colognes/aftershave, lotions, cosmetics, fabric softeners, essential oils, etc.) may cause unintended patients, clients, family and staff. Please refrain from wearing scented products.