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Smoking is the leading cause of premature death and preventable illness across the UK. Smoking prevalence on the Isle of Man is around 12%.   

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and Manx Care together have a responsibility to promote health and wellbeing and support the Isle of Man smoke free ambition 2030. Creating smoke free space sends a message out that we can no longer encourage people to smoke upon our grounds. 

Currently DHSC/Manx Care is looking to create healthier environments, and part of the people strategy is for Isle of Man residents to live longer healthier lives. Creating smoke-free environments is a key objective within this work.  

The Department of Education, Sport and Culture (DESC) has already implemented a smoke-free campus policy for all education buildings and sites. 

DHSC/Manx Care Smoke Free Policy 

The DHSC/Manx Care smoke free policy has now been implemented making all sites completely smoke-free. The use of tobacco is not permitted by anyone anywhere on the grounds. Vaping is permitted although restricted to certain areas.

There are 3 phases to the policy, details of which are outlined below:

PhaseCompletion dateSites includedStatus

Phase 1

1 April 2021

  • Noble’s hospital campus
  • Ramsey cottage hospital campus
  • Westmoreland Road grounds
  • Crookall House site
  • All GP practices 
  • All ambulance stations

Completely smoke free

Phase 2

1 October 2021

  • All DHSC/Manx Care workplaces not covered in phase 1 and not residential

Completely smoke free

Phase 3

1 April 2022

  • All residential homes

Completely smoke free

Support for smokers    

The Quit4You team is the islands free specialist stop smoking service that is available to assist staff, patients and visitors who wish to stop smoking. The Quit4You stop smoking service is happy to hear from anyone seeking advice or support on quitting smoking, harm reduction or temporary cessation solutions and can be contacted on +44 1624 642404 or  

Quit4You have developed a Quit4ABit programme which will support smokers who do not wish to quit but have to refrain from smoking in line with the DHSC/Manx Care Policy. Please contact Quit4You for further details. 

DHSC/Manx Care are proud to be smoke free, support smoke free spaces and help enable Isle of Man residents to live longer, healthier lives.

Useful links

Quit4you Free Stop Smoking Service

Department of Health and Social Care/Manx Care smokefree policy

Department of Health and Social Care's homepage

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