A Smoke and Vape Free MUHC

A Smoke and Vape Free MUHC

In 2015, the MUHC adopted a Smoke and Vape Free Policy which states that no smoking or vaping is permitted anywhere on hospital grounds.  

PLEASE NOTE: The policy covers tobacco, cannabis and herbal smoking or vaping.

Fines will be imposed starting May 31, 2018

While some staff and visitors are respecting the policy, many do not.  In order to better enforce the policy, security guards will patrol areas where people are smoking/vaping and will fine people who are caught smoking/vaping within a 9 metre radius of every door, air intake and window that opens.  The fines run from $250 to $1,500 plus applicable taxes.

Why is the MUHC doing this? 

Every year, more than five million deaths are the result of direct tobacco use, while more than 600,000 fatalities are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. Allowing smoking and vaping on our sites undermines our healthcare mandate. 

Who is in charge of reinforcing this?

As this is an MUHC policy, all personnel is expected to help ensure this policy is respected. 



What should you do if you smoke?

To provide you with the best care, please inform your nurse.  He or she will make a note in your file.  This information will be considered in your treatment plan.

The MUHC can help you stop smoking

Inpatient services

All smokers and recent ex-smokers admitted to the MUHC and their families will be offered:

  • support to stop smoking and/or remain smoke-free while at the MUHC (includes: support programs and medication for nicotine withdrawal symptoms)
  • a post-discharge telephone follow-up program for up to six months.  This is proven to increase your chances of success. 

Outpatient services

The Smoking Cessation Clinic is available to all MUHC outpatients and their families who are smokers and recent ex-smokers. The Clinic:

  • offers specialized tobacco treatment and support 
  • requires a referral from your doctor
  • is located  in Bloc D, RC.3314 at the Glen main number is: 514 934-1934 ext. 32503



What should you do if you smoke?

Those who smoke may decide that this is a good time to stop.  We understand that giving up smoking/vaping is difficult but we are committed to helping anyone who needs support in their effort to stop.    

The MUHC can help you stop smoking

The Smoking Cessation Clinic is available to all MUHC staff, volunteers, physicians and your family members who are smokers and recent ex-smokers. The clinic:

  • offers specialized tobacco treatment and support 
  • requires a referral from your doctor
  • is located  at the Glen site in Bloc D, RC.3314
  • can be reached by phone at 514 934-1934 ext. 32503



Your local pharmacy  

Pharmacists can prescribe the following nicotine withdrawal medications:

  • nicotine patches
  • gum
  • lozenges 

Most of these are covered by insurance plans, including RAMQ. 

McConnell Resource Centre

Room B RC.0078
Glen Site – 1001 Decarie Blvd.
Montreal, Quebec H4A 3J1
514-934-1934, extension 22054
[email protected]

The McConnell Resource Centre can provide you with pamphlets and information on quitting smoking. The Centre's website also has a selection of links to reliable electronic resources on this topic.

Individual help and group support

To find information on Quit Smoking Centres visit the Santé Montréal website: santemontreal.qc.ca

You can make an appointment on line or contact your local CLSC. 


iQuitnow.qc.ca - Information, Chat, Forum, Online Help 

Lung.ca/quit - Canadian Lung Association site

Breakitoff.ca - Younger smokers site

SMAT.ca – Register for a text message service

Telephone helpline

Sponsored by the Canadian Cancer Society


Monday to Thursday:  8 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Mobile Applications

Quit Pro – App for iPhone and Android

Kwit –  Game app for iPhone 

Other resources

Drugs: 24 hour support and referral

Help line for you or close family members challenged by other substance dependence issues (drugs/alcohol)

514 527-2626 (Montreal)  or 1-800-265-2626


So we can all breathe easier 

Invest in your health today. With our help, you can double or even triple your chances of successfully stopping smoking.