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A smoke-free NHS

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 01 February 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j500
  1. Mary E Black, head of digital strategy
  1. Public Health England
  1. maryethnablack{at}

It’s time to stop tolerating tobacco smoking on NHS premises

My father, who was a doctor, used to regularly set his trousers on fire. Born in 1924, he started smoking cigarettes as a teenager. He died of a smoking related cancer in 2003. My father tried but failed to stop his tobacco use. As public and medical attitudes to tobacco changed, he reduced his consumption. He almost broke the habit at home and, when caught out, would stuff his still smouldering pipe in his pocket. I perfected my darning skills aged 10 by fixing singed holes in his tweed jacket. His smoking at work was the worst, as there was no ban on smoking and no pressure on him to cut back. …

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