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:
- Leave VCH property and smoke or vape in a location where they do not affect other people.
- Use a formulary alternative (e.g. nabilone).
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.
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