Almost a third of the NHS hospitals in England still allow smoking at their company, according to an official report.
Health chiefs have called on hospitals across the country to stop people burning on their property from 2013 onwards.
But a study of NHS hospital trusts by Public Health England has shown that 31 percent still allow smokers on their property.
It remains legal to smoke on the grounds of the hospital in England – even though it is forbidden in Northern Ireland and Scotland and will soon be Wales.
Mid-Yorkshire hospitals NHS Trust has a tannoy announcement system that registers smoking ban reminders at the push of a button (photo: the sign at one of the hospitals run by the trust)
Health Minister Seema Kennedy said she is determined to see a smoke-free NHS by 2020.
She added: & # 39; No one should walk past a cloud of smoke to enter or leave their local hospital.
& # 39; I am encouraged by this new survey, which shows that major steps have been taken towards a smoke-free NHS, I strongly urge all trusts to follow this example. & # 39;
Smoking is one of the biggest causes of death.
Professor Steve Powis, National Medical Director of NHS England, said: “Stopping smoking has clear health benefits.
PHE said that hospitals & # 39; steady progress & # 39; to make progress, based on the results of the survey of 145 acute trusts.
Health chiefs have called on hospitals across the country to stop people burning on their property from 2013 onwards
About 69 percent of the NHS acute trusts in England, 100 of them, now completely ban smoking on their property.
But up to 45 counselors have not yet enforced the total smoking ban in the buildings of the hospital, according to the PHE survey.
Of these, 11 did not respond to questioning, but PHE assumed that they had not banned smoking.
PHE did not mention the trusts who are still smoking on their property because they had received all the promised anonymity to participate.
However, it mentioned some & # 39; good examples & # 39; of smoke-free policies at trusts, including Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
The trust, which serves around half a million patients, has replaced all its smoking areas with trees and plants.
Mid-Yorkshire hospitals NHS Trust has a tannoy announcement system that registers children's brake reminders at the touch of a button.
Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation uses a similar tactic and plays messages in the voice of a child, such as: & # 39; My grandfather is being treated at this hospital, please do not smoke. & # 39;
Health watchdogs NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, launched calls for the first time to ban smoking in hospital grounds in 2013.
It was said at that time that NHS hospitals in England should prohibit smoking on their property and staff should be told not to help patients who want to smoke.
PHE's boss, Duncan Selbie, wrote to the director of every English trust in 2016 asking them to commit to a & # 39; truly smoke-free NHS & # 39 ;.
Selbie said today: & # 39; One in four hospital beds is inhabited by a smoker and most want to quit.
& # 39; Many patients or visitors will experience difficult times, but smoking remains England's biggest avoidable killer. & # 39;
In a reaction to the report from his desk, he added: “It's time for the NHS to quit smoking anywhere in the hospital.
& # 39; It may not be correct that in some hospitals it is more acceptable to smoke at the front door than outside a pub. & # 39;
In Great Britain, smoking is declining. Only one in six adults is regularly relieved and 680,000 completely stop the habit in 2016.
The proportion of adult smokers had fallen from 19.9 percent in 2010 to just 15.5 percent in 2016 in England alone.
WHAT MEASURES HAS THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED KINGDOM TAKEN TO BLOCK THE SMOKING PRICE?
Billboard advertising of tobacco was banned in the UK in 2003.
Smoking in public places was prohibited in 2007 to protect people against the dangers of second-hand smoking.
Because of this success, the government has extended this legislation to private vehicles that transport children from October 2015.
In 2016, it attempted to tackle access to cheap tobacco, including a 3 percent increase in the tax on hand-held tobacco.
The Tobacco Products Directive was introduced in the UK in the same year.
Among other things, these enforced minimum health warnings on cigarette packages.
Ordinary packages were also introduced, which removed all promotional material from the label, such as two-on-one deals.
It also ensured that the brand name was presented in a standardized way, with the same font, size, and capital text.
Manufacturers were also told that all tobacco packages should have an olive green color.
The colorless brown shade was chosen because it is the shade that repels most buyers, research has shown.
The legislation also required that packages contain at least 20 cigarettes, with 10 packages being phased out.
This was to ensure that the package was large enough to contain health warnings covering 65 percent of the front and back. The health warning must also appear in photo and text form.
And there must be an information message on the side, such as & # 39; tobacco smoke contains more than 70 substances known to cause cancer & # 39 ;.
In 2017, new legislation made it illegal to sell branded cigarettes in the UK.
A complete ban on cigarettes with a menthol flavor has been set for May 2020, while other flavors are already banned, such as fruit and vanilla.
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