Give more to people giving up
SMOKERS in hospital who want to quit need the full support of the health profession, says the BMA.
This letter is in response to the Royal College of Physicians’ latest report on smoking cessation, Hiding in plain sight: treating tobacco dependency in the NHS.
While rates of tobacco use continue to decline, almost one in six adults still smoke.
Smoking remains the leading cause of premature death in the UK, so it is imperative that those who want to stop smoking feel fully supported by adequately funded, targeted smoking cessation services.
Patients in hospitals often receive advice and support to quit smoking but we must improve training and resources for health workers to ensure this becomes a routine part of caring for all smokers seeking NHS services, particularly for people with long-term conditions and mental health problems. Professor Dame Parveen Kumar Chairman, BMA board of science
Call to support those who want to quit smoking