The Hanover and District Hospital will soon be smoke free.
The hospital staff are making preparations to be smoke free on the site this Spring.
As of May 31st, the Hanover and District Hospital will go smoke free -- just like every other hospital in Bruce and Grey Counties.
The policy will cover the entire hospital property -- from the parking lot to the front garden.
Hospital Board Chair Brad Holman says there will be a small grace period for people who are caught smoking after May 31st.
Holman says there will be no formal enforcement until July 1st.
Holman adds they will provide education, smoking cessation programs and training to help staff and patients adjust.
Holman admits getting visitors and patients on board may be a challenge -- so a committee has been formed to review some options.
Holman is a former smoker -- and he says he empathizes with those struggling with nicotine addictions.
Holman says the hospital will provide whatever supports it can to help people get through this change.
May 31st coincides with No Tobacco Day with the World Health Organization.