All Nelson Marlborough Health facilities are smokefree.

Smoking cessation advice is available from a number of trained staff in many areas, and who are able to assist you to become smokefree.

The Nelson Marlborough Health is committed to promoting good health and maintaining a healthy environment for our patients, staff and visitors. This is why all our buildings and grounds are totally smokefree.

For those who do smoke, this means you cannot smoke anywhere on site – inside or out. This policy includes the use of e-cigarettes (vaping).

While this can be a challenge, it also provides an opportunity to tap into the expertise of health staff that can help you to stop smoking.

How will I cope being smokefree in hospital?

Our trained staff can manage your smokefree stay and help with smoking cessation advice. We also have dedicated Quit Coaches who are able to support you to continue to be smokefree.

For those who do not want to stop smoking, our staff will support you to remain smokefree while you are in Nelson Marlborough Health facilities.

If you smoke regularly, your body gets used to a steady supply of nicotine. When you stop smoking, it is the withdrawal from nicotine that causes discomfort. To help you remain smokefree and be comfortable during your stay, we can provide nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). For example, patches, lozenges and gum – which replace the nicotine supply to your body. 

NRT is used as a safe alternative to smoking to help keep you comfortable. It can reduce the severity of some of the symptoms people experience when they can't smoke, such as cravings, irritability and restlessness. 

We know that most people who smoke want to quit and that it can be a hard journey for many. Talking to your doctor or nurse about your smoking is a great first step.​

Quit for your surgery

Stopping smoking before your surgery can help you recover safely and quickly. View our quit for surgery guide.

Want help to quit smoking?

We recommend the use of medicines and quit support; this has been shown to boost the likelihood of successful quitting. For more information visit our smokefree section.