NHS hospitals must help patients quit smoking, says British Thoracic SocietyBMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6571 (Published 07 December 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6571
- Ingrid Torjesen
NHS hospitals around the United Kingdom are not meeting national standards on helping patients to quit smoking and are not enforcing smoke-free premises, a report by the British Thoracic Society has found.1
For the report, smoking cessation and smoke-free policies and practices at 146 hospitals around the UK were reviewed from April to May 2016, including the records of 14 750 patients treated at the hospitals.
More than a quarter (27%) of hospital patients were not even asked whether they smoked, the report found. Of those that did smoke, 72% were not asked …