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The big question: should smoking be banned on hospital premises?


New guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has stated that NHS hospitals should ban smoking.

The guidance said that staff should be told not to help or “facilitate” patients who want to smoke, and patients who smoke must be identified and offered help to quit.

It also stated that 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”.

Do you agree that smoking should be banned?


Readers' comments (5)

  • I believe smoking should be banned outside of hospitals.

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  • In an ideal world yes it should though who would pay for the 'smoking police?'

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  • Compassion ? Where is the compassion in telling a detained patient they cannot smoke a cigarette if they want to? Smoking outside and buying cigarettes is legal. I can’t see the compassion for example in someone who has lost their freedom due to being unwell (i.e. on a section of the mental health act) then being informed that they can’t smoke outside. Anyone who has been a smoker will tell you how very very difficult it is to give up and that no type of nicotine replacement is the same. Particularly if you are say highly distressed, confused and or depressed. What model of nursing is being followed here? The situation is particularly strange when a convicted prisoner can smoke in his room (cell) without a problem. I have no issue with this either but it serves to highlight a potentially unjust situation. In the end smokers are addicts and surely they desrve to be treated in an empathetic non-judgemental way as do all our clients. People need to climb down from their horses and look at their own lifestyles perhaps: Are you eating red meat perhaps? Are you eating Junk food? Do you drink over the recommended units of alcohol? Should we ban the eating of fried food in hospitals? How much are YOU costing society? Have some compassion and stop hammering the addicts hey?

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  • what about all the staff who smoke? and those in mental health who actually smoke with their patients as part of thier socialization therapy programme?

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  • Of course smoking should be banned from hospital premise.
    There is enough air pollution outside in outside in the streets from motor vehicles and the like.
    Standards within the NHS should be of the highest, and smoking is counterproductive for a hygienic environment... Or can we assume the act of smoking promotes a clean air policy?

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