THE story led to a debate on the Journal's Facebook page.
Hannah Mault said: "Smoking is an addiction...Some patients may avoid hospitals if they can't smoke at all, maybe an area away from the front door would be better?
"But if the Government really want to stop people smoking why do they allow so many retailers to sell them?"
Shannon Paton added: "People with cystic fibrosis or cancer for example shouldn't have to walk past a cloud of smoke going to hospital, more needs to be done it's ridiculous! Put a smoking shelter around the back or something not in the entrance!"
Julian Langer, from Atherington, said: "It's a hospital and quite frankly disrespectful to patients. They wouldn't tolerate any other form of self inflicted bodily damage on site, why tolerate this?"
Oliver Tooley, from Ilfracombe, added: "I am 100% against this.
"It is Draconian. Smoking outdoors is not going to damage any third party. And just because it is known to be harmful to health is not a reason to ban it in the entire hospital grounds.