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Hospitals still not smoke-free
Date:3/5/2008

an example to other organisations researchers are warning that if smoking continues to be tolerated on NHS premises there is a risk that the NHS will now fall behind other work and public places.

Ann McNeill, Professor in Health Policy and Promotion at the University, said: The NHS has a responsibility to promote health and achieving smoke-free premises is the best way to do this. Stopping smoking is probably the single most important thing a smoker can do to improve their health and every effort must be made to support smokers in being smoke free whilst on NHS premises.

Elena Ratschen, specialises in smoking and public health issues. She is now carrying out research into smoking and serious mental illness, with a special focus on acute settings.

According to the provisions of the Health Act 2006, NHS acute Trusts had to become smoke-free by July 2007. Mental Health Trusts were granted a further year before all indoor smoking areas have to be removed.


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Contact: Elena Ratschen
mcxer2@nottingham.ac.uk
University of Nottingham
Source:Eurekalert

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