THE smoking ban at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary is being ignored by many members of the public.
Smoking is not permitted anywhere at the hospital, including the grounds.
But people are flouting the law at the Infirmary entrances.
People who have complained to staff about the smokers have been handed forms which include details on how to challenge smokers
Health trust staff have denied that members of the public are being asked to approach smokers.
A spokesman for the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, said: "This trust does not and would not expect members of the public to approach people they see smoking in our grounds.
"There has been, on the whole, a good response to our new smoke-free policy which was introduced on October 1.
"We are very grateful for support from visitors to our hospitals helping us to provide a smoke-free environment for everyone.
"It is still very early days and this period was designed to give us time to address any issues that arise ahead of full implementation on January 1."
But the Examiner has been handed a copy of a two-page document given to callers at reception.
The document, which is meant for staff, details how to politely challenge the smokers.
One Huddersfield man, who asked not to be identified, complained to hospital staff about smokers and was told that he should challenge them himself.
He had been visiting a friend at HRI for several weeks and noticed that people were still smoking.
He said that on one day there were as many as 14 people smoking outside.
He went to the inquiry desk near the main entrance.
He said: "I just pointed out: 'Did you realise there are about six people in the doorway, four were in wheelchairs and one of them actually had a drip attached, puffing away right in the doorway?'
"The man on the desk said: 'We are aware of it, but we're not policing it'.
"So I said: 'How's the policy going to work?' He said: 'Well you're welcome to challenge them yourselves.
"I said: "Well, that's clearly not going to work.' And then he handed me this form.
"I said they're not going to take notice of members of the public."
The form, which is intended for staff, has a log-sheet to record when and where the incident occurred.
One line is highlighted and refers to smokers breaking the rules. It says: "Do not ring security."
The man added: "Firstly it's not going to work and secondly, in effect, they're asking members of the public to do their job.
"I accept that it's going to be very difficult for them, but I just wonder if the trust are going to take it seriously."
He added that staff said not to challenge a smoker if they thought it could lead to a confrontation.