Letters Smoke-free hospitals

Complete smoking ban in hospitals compromises compassionate care

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7574 (Published 23 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7574
  1. Ben Mearns, consultant physician1
  1. 1Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Redhill RH1 5RH, UK
  1. benmearns{at}btinternet.com

Although almost all doctors will welcome a complete smoking ban on hospital sites as a part of a coordinated public health strategy,1 we must be mindful of unintended consequences.

There are several situations where I would feel that my duty to provide compassionate care outweighed the …

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