The National Taiwan University Hospital Hsinchu Branch Tobacco and Betel Nut Hazard Prevention Declaration
Approved by the institution Health Promotion Committee,Mar 23,2018.
Standing by its mission of providing high-quality medical service and promoting public health,this institution aims to establish a safe,comfortable and hygienic health service environment,and hereby declares that all smoking(including electronic cigarettes)and betel nut consumption is prohibited within hospital grounds.This institution will not accept any funding or sponsorship from organizations dealing in the sale or distribution of tobacco or betel nut,and will actively participate in the prevention of tobacco and betel nut hazards in order to maintain the health of its staff,patients and the general community.
2.Designated Areas of Smoking and Betel Nut Prohibition
In accordance with Taiwan’s Tobacco Hazards Preventions Act and Waste Disposal Act, all public spaces within our institution are designated to be tobacco-and betel nut-free,including parking lots,driveways,interior of institution-owned vehicles,all entrances/exits and indoor closed spaces.The tobacco and betel nut prohibition policy applies to all staff,contracted workers,volunteers,patients and associated family members and visitors.
A.Establishment of a dedicated organization to realize a tobacco-and betel nut-free hospital;said organization draws up,implements and oversees policies associated with the above goal,and reports regularly to our Health Promotion Committee.
B.The institution is prohibited from accepting funding or sponsorship from businesses dealing in tobacco or betel nut.
C.Publication of tobacco-and betel nut-free policies through the institution’s website.
D.Production of health education videos of our tobacco-/betel nut-free policy and tobacco/betel nut cessation as part of the staff core education and training syllabus.
E.Placement of tobacco-/betel nut-free publicizations(broadcasts,posters,cut-outs...)at strategic locations,such as entrances/exits and conspicuous spots.
F.Providing a written statement to every new employee reporting in emphasizing that this institution is a tobacco-free and betel nut-free hospital;mandatory associated training and education courses.
G.All staff,contracted workers,volunteers,patients and family members and visitors are required to adhere to our tobacco-and betel nut-free policy.
A.Staff and interns who smoke(including e-cigarettes)or consume betel nut,once confirmed,are reported to their department supervisors.Violations are documented for reference against their annual appraisal and performance review.
B.Volunteers,potential employees,patients and their family members,sales representatives and visitors should be dissuaded from tobacco or betel nut use by the department responsible,and reported to the local governing health department if they do not desist.Any workplace tobacco hazard should be reported to the security team of the General Affairs Office(ext.6628).
C.All departments are responsible for dissuading its contracted workers,volunteers and sales representatives from smoking(including e-cigarettes)or consuming betel nut;fines will be enforced for violators by the department.
5.Tobacco and Betel Nut Hazard Prevention Education and Smoking/Betel Nut Cessation Health Education
The institution has an established smoking cessation outpatient service,providing individual counseling and aid for smoking cessation.Health education regarding smoking and betel nut cessation is provided on the institution website;non-periodical smoking/betel nut cessation seminars and group courses are held.Established smoking cessation hotline:03-532-6151 ext.3351(smoking cessation case manager);betel nut cessation hotline 03-5326151 ext.3356 or 4527(Oncology Medical Center).
6.Relevant Laws and Regulations
A.Tobacco Hazards Preventions Act
B.Waste Disposal Act Art.27:“The following acts are strictly prohibited within designated clearance areas: The spitting of phlegm or betelnut juice or fiber…”
C.Waste Disposal Act Art.50:“In any of the following circumstances,a fine between twelve hundred and six thousand New Taiwan Dollars shall be imposed.If the violation continues after the end of the designated time period,then continuous daily fines shall be imposed:….III.Any acts that are designated in any one paragraph of Article 27.”
D.Waste Disposal Act Art.50-1:“Violation of provisions designated in Article 27,Paragraph 1 regarding the spitting of betelnut juice or fiber shall be required to attend a four-hour class to help them break their habit of chewing betelnut.”