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The entire grounds are smoke-free, including BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre. This means that staff, patients, and visitors are not permitted to smoke on our site.

​ If you have questions about our smoke-free policy, please e-mail us at

Why we're smoke-free

As health care providers, it is essential that BC Women’s takes a leading role in protecting anyone who comes to our facilities from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke.

Tobacco-related illnesses are the leading cause of preventable death in B.C., resulting in about 6,000 deaths each year, including over 100 non-smokers.

Thousands more British Columbians become sick from either tobacco use or second-hand smoke. Second-hand smoke causes the same diseases as smoking, including heart and lung disease, and cancers of the lung, bladder, blood, kidney and nasal passages.

Get help quitting

There is convincing evidence that quitting smoking improves your health. 

Here are a few resources to help you quit:


You're one click away from quitting! is an internet-based quit smoking service that is available free-of-charge to BC residents. is operated by the BC Lung Association on behalf of the Ministry of Health.

QuitNow by phone: 1-877-455-2233 FREE

QuitNow by phone is a confidential tobacco cessation helpline available free-of-charge to BC residents. The service is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, so that callers can seek help when they need it most. Multilingual service is available.  

Health Canada

Quit Smoking online resources from Health Canada.

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