Complete smoking ban in hospitals compromises compassionate careBMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7574 (Published 23 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7574
- Ben Mearns, consultant physician1
- 1Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Redhill RH1 5RH, UK
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 …