New guidance set by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) advises NHS hospitals to ban smoking on their property. It has also been recommended that hospitals have an on-site stop-smoking service and that staff discourage patients to smoke.
Though it is individual NHS trusts who will have the final say, NICE wants both staff and people using NHS services to refrain from smoking on hospital grounds. Trusts should not have a designated smoking area and no staff-supervised or staff facilitated smoking breaks for those using secondary care services.
Professor Mike Kelly, the director of the Centre for Public Health Excellence at NICE says the new guidance should be seen as a culture shift rather than the creation of a penal culture:
“It’s clearly absurd that the most lethal set of toxins to the human body are being passively...