Letters Smoke-free hospitals

Exempting patients from a smoke-free hospital policy on compassionate grounds

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g389 (Published 21 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g389
  1. Patricia Fitzpatrick, senior lecturer12,
  2. Irene Gilroy, health promotion officer1,
  3. Kirsten Doherty, acting health promotion manager1,
  4. Greg Conlon, health promotion officer1,
  5. Leslie Daly, professor of epidemiology and biomedical statistics12,
  6. Cecily Kelleher, professor of public health medicine and epidemiology, and head of department12
  1. 1Department of Preventive Medicine and Health Promotion, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  2. 2School of Public Health, Physiotherapy, and Population Science, University College Dublin, Dublin 4, Republic of Ireland
  1. patricia.fitzpatrick{at}ucd.ie

The situations that Mearns describes were discussed at the beginning of the planning process for implementing a tobacco-free campus policy in St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin.1 2 It was recognised that in some circumstances special arrangements would be needed to allow patients to smoke on the hospital site. To deal with such …

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