[What does "Smoke-free Hospital" mean?]

Cas Lek Cesk. Winter 2017;156(1):24-27.
[Article in Czech]


"Smoke-free Hospital" is the name of a gradual and long-term project, with the really smoke-free hospital as the final goal. The project is based on the process itself that leads to such a status. European Network of Smoke-free Hospitals (ENSH, www.ensh.org) provides detailed instructions and recommendations regarding actions to be implemented. The main objective of the network is "to deliver safe quality care in relation to tobacco for every service user, every time and everywhere".Each hospital could identify its own sub-goals and methods of implementation, but it is important to assess the achieved steps regularly. It is advisable to focus attention e.g. to introduction of non-smoking areas, monitoring tobacco use among both patients and staff, providing brief interventions in smoking cessation as well as intensive tobacco dependence treatment, training of staff in intervening, organizing health promoting events both for the staff and the public. Several actions in 2016 connected with ENSH in the Czech Republic and on the international level are listed. The new Czech legislation regarding smoking in hospitals is also mentioned.

Keywords: Health Promoting Hospital; Smoke-free Hospital; smoking; tobacco dependence treatment..

MeSH terms

  • Czech Republic
  • Hospitals*
  • Humans
  • Smoking Cessation*
  • Smoking Prevention
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution* / prevention & control
  • Tobacco Use Disorder*


  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution