STAFF REPORTER
IBIZA'S largest general hospital, Can Misses, is planning to encourage patients to give up smoking by offering to swop their cigarettes for a piece of fruit, the regional health service Ib-Salut confirmed yesterday.

The campaign is due to start next week but a hospital spokesman said that a specific day is yet to be fixed.
Because of the new total smoking ban introduced at the start of this month, Can Misses has stepped up its prohibition of cigarette smoking anywhere in the hospital grounds. New posters have been put up at the main entrance gate, at the door of the Accident and Emergency Unit, and next to the cafeteria.

The message being spread to patients and hospital visitors alike is not only to reinforce the fact that the whole of the building and grounds is totally smoke free but also to encourage people to visit their own family doctors for advice on giving up tobacco.

An Ib-Salut spokesman pointed out that it was in fact back in July last year when smoking in the grounds had been prohibited and the measure was well-received by staff and visitors, but the introduction of the new anti-smoking law has been a prompt to widen the message. The new laws have also introduced smoking bans in school grounds and children's play areas.

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