The use of tobacco, cannabis and vapour products is prohibited in or on all VCH owned and/or operated, contracted/funded facilities and grounds. Non-compliance of the policy may result in enforcement action by VCH Tobacco Enforcement Officers.
There are no designated smoking areas. If a patient, client or resident needs to use medically prescribed cannabis, (i.e. they have a Health Canada-compliant Medical Document from an authorized health care provider and have a Health Canada-authorized source) they have two options:
VCH smoke-free premises policy
VCH supports smoke-free places and actively encourages our communities to strengthen local bylaws to protect their citizens from second-hand smoke. Several of our communities - including Vancouver, Whistler and Richmond - have enacted stricter legislation than what is required in the provincial legislation.
Creating smoke-free places is an important health protective measure. Making your home and vehicle smoke-free are simple ways that you can make a difference for yourself and loved ones.
Second-hand smoke is more harmful to children and babies than adults because their lungs are smaller and they breathe faster. Learn more through the following resources.
Babies need breathing space
Kids need breathing space
Second-hand smoke is harmful and is not safe in any amount. Create a healthy and safe environment for all by making your event smoke-free.
Review and follow steps outlined in the Smoke-Free Outdoor Event Planning Guide (download below)
Print signage for your event (download below) OR order as a vinyl sign by contacting the VCH Tobacco Reduction program at (604) 675-3801 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Place signage throughout event venue and communicate with staff about smoke-free status and how to handle non-compliance
Smoke-free outdoor event planning guide
Smoke-free event signs (10x8)
Smoke-free event signs (17x11)
Smoke-free sign - generic
Smoke-free sign - within 6 metres of doorways, windows and air intakes
Smoke-free sign - patios
Smoke-free sign - within 6 metres of patios
Smoke-free signage - BC Lung Association