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Do hospitals have a responsibility to encourage smoking cessation?

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20 January, 2014


“Smoking has huge financial and health implications, yet there is no standardised method of identifying and referring hospital patients to local stop smoking services in England.

“This article summarises new National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance on supporting people in acute, maternity and mental health services to stop smoking, and also explains the national referral system.”


Let’s discuss…

  • Is stop-smoking advice regularly offered within your trust?
  • How do patients generally react to attempts to encourage smoking cessation?
  • Should smoking cessation be a part of general nurses’ role?

Readers' comments (1)

  • They do, but they also have a responsibility not to rip-off their staff, visitors and patients with parking charges and fines!

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