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Charity cash spent on 'pointless' survey

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Addenbrooke’s Hospital has been slammed for spending charity money on a survey which concluded that staff flouting a smoking ban were addicted to cigarettes.

The research, which called smokers ‘nicotine dependent’, cost £3,850.

The money, which came from the Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, helped researchers decide that smokers ignored the policy because of a `resistant habit`.

Councillor Geoff Heathcock, of Cambridgeshire County Council, said: ‘To spend money on a survey which tells us the obvious seems a shocking waste, whether it is £300, £3,000 or £3 million.

‘I think it is barmy, particularly because it is charity money which could be put towards more sensible projects.’

An Addenbrooke’s spokesman said: ‘The research carried out provides a useful insight into the attitudes of staff who smoke.’

Keith Day, Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust chief executive, said: ‘The Unsmoke study aimed to find out why people, including patients, were not adhering to the hospitals’ smoke free policy and why they were continuing to cause harm to themselves and others around them by smoking.’

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  • Mr. Day, can you honestly justify your position? Speaking as a reformed smoker of 12 years and a lowly nurse (as opposed to high-salaried high-flyer) I could have told you what you needed to know for free!
    I would imagine there are readers across the country feeling exactly the same, and not all of them with the same qualifications.

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