From now until the end of January 2010, 2,800 clinicians from seven hospitals in Beijing will work on controlling their cigarette smoking.
The seven hospitals are reported to be Beijing Friendship Hospital, Beijing Xuanwu Hospital, Beijing Tiantan Hospital, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Tongren Hospital, Fuxing Hospital, and Jishuitan Hospital. Each of the hospitals will select 400 clinicians from such key departments as the respiratory medicine department and the cardiovascular and cerebrovascular department.
To realize a 100% smoking-free environment, the seven hospitals will put signs and bulletin boards at prominent areas such as the outpatient hall, the wards, examination rooms and corridors to advise patients and their families that they should not smoke. The hospitals will arrange special inspectors to stop doctors or patients who are breaking the rules.
In addition, each hospital will set up a smoking control technology and mental support team. And they are required to make a complete set of smoking control related review and penalty rules before March 20, 2009. Those locations which have the relevant conditions are also required to set up an outpatient department for smoking control.
By 2008, 217 hospitals in Beijing had joined the smoke-free campaign.