NHS hospitals should ban smoking on their premises and staff should be told not to help patients who want to smoke, according to new guidance according to new NICE guidance.
Trusts should ensure “there are no designated smoking areas, no exceptions for particular groups and no staff-supervised or staff-facilitated smoking breaks for people using secondary care services”.
Patients should be encouraged to stop smoking before planned admissions to hospital, while stop-smoking drugs should be available to help people stop.
Professor Mike Kelly, director of the Centre for Public Health Excellence at NICE, said: “We need to end the terrible spectacle of people on drips in hospital gowns smoking outside hospital entrances. This guidance can help make that contradiction a thing of the past by supporting hospital smoke-free policies to make NHS secondary care an exemplar for promoting healthy behaviour.”
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