Smoking snapshot – on the ward

A snapshot of smoking behaviour among patients and staff at a Melbourne hospital shows both groups to be in a general state of denial that smoking is harmful.

The patients who smoked were unimpressed with the hospital’s smoke-free policy and one in four did not believe that smoking cessation would improve their health, the study found.

One third of staff who smoked said they did not anticipate health problems related to smoking.

However, the prevalence of smoking among patients and hospital staff was relatively low at just 9% and 7%