Smoking ban in force at Merseyside hospitals
Smoking has been banned on hospital grounds in Merseyside.
In Liverpool around 98,000 adults smoke, an NHS spokesman said. It is hoped the action will deter them.
Smoking shelters are also being removed but support will be on offer to any patients, staff and visitors who want to quit.
Dr Peter Williams, from the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust said: "We have a duty of care to our patients".
The medical director added: "Smoking is the number one cause of premature death in the UK and we cannot allow people to smoke on hospital grounds.
"This includes using e-cigarettes, until they are proven to be safe.
"Not smoking whilst in hospital will help you to recover quicker and may even help you quit for good."
Smoking on hospital grounds will no longer be permitted at the following centres:
- The Royal Liverpool University Hospital
- Broadgreen Hospital
- Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital
- The Walton Centre
- The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre
- Arrowe Park Hospital
- Clatterbridge Hospital
- Mersey Care NHS Trust
- Alder Hey Hospital