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NHS hospitals must help patients quit smoking, says British Thoracic Society

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 07 December 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6571
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

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 …

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