Letters

Smoke free hospitals

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7406.104 (Published 10 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:104
  1. William McKee, chief executive (william.mckee@royalhospitals.n-i.nhs.uk),
  2. Michael McBride, medical director,
  3. Deirdre O'Brien, director of nursing, Antony Stevens, director of risk and occupational health,
  4. Christine Burns, director of facilities
  1. Royal Hospitals, Belfast BT12 6BA

    EDITOR—McKee et al criticised our decision to provide smoking rooms for patients' use.1 We have also trained a substantial number of clinical staff to offer opportunistic advice about smoking cessation, offering nicotine replacement to all smokers who are admitted.

    Jarvis et al drew attention to the prevalence of “hardcore” smoking in England and its links with age and socioeconomic deprivation.2 Most patients in the …

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