Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology (SNP) recognizes we have a legal responsibility for ensuring the heath and safety of staff and other persons is not affected by the conduct of our Practice. Providing and maintaining a safe and healthy work environment is part of that responsibility.

Every year, about 19,000 Australians die from diseases caused by smoking and about one third of these deaths occur in middle age. One in two lifetime smokers will die from smoking.

In Queensland, there are on average an estimated 3,402 deaths per year attributable to tobacco smoking.

Our bottom line is no-one should be working in any premises where smoking is permitted, or into which it drifts.

Who is affected by the Policy
This policy applies to all people who enter SNP property including managers, staff, contractors, visitors and patients.

All SNP premises are smoke free All SNP premises are smoke free - but are not limited to the following:
• buildings (including corridors, passageways, walkways and balconies)
• offices,
• Grounds and motor vehicles.
• No longer will there be designated smoking areas on Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology premises.

Enforcement Strategy
Managers will be trained in how to enforce the policy. Any person smoking will politely be asked to stop and reminded about the smoke free environment policy. If the offence continues, a second verbal warning will be issued. If this warning is ignored, a penalty will be issued and repeated breaches may lead to dismissal.

Advertising, Promotion or sale of tobacco products
The Practice will not advertise, promote or allow the sale of tobacco products in any form on its premises, including vending machines.

New Employees
All job advertisements will contain information on the smoke free environment policy. All new employees will be advised at interview of the smoke free environment policy.

QUIT Resources
• "QUIT - Because you can!" package. (Staff ready to break the habit)
• SNP Subsidy for nicotine replacement therapy
• SNP Quit Facilitators
• Quitline 137848
• QuitCoach.org.au
• Quitnow.info.au

This policy will be effective from 7th April 2010.

Policy Review
This policy will be reviewed on an annual basis to ensure that the policy is sustained, effective and up to date.

Dr. Michael Harrison

Link to Smoke Free Environment Policy Poster - Click Here