Schultz, A.S.H., Finegan, B., Nykiforuk, C.I.J., & Kvern, M.A. (2011). A qualitative investigation of smoke-free policies on hospital property. Canadian Medical Journal Association. Retrieced from http://www.cmaj.ca/content/early/2011/10/31/cmaj.110235.full.pdf+html.
“Background: Many hospitals have adopted smoke-free policies on their property. We examined the consequences of such polices at two Canadian tertiary acute-care hospitals…
Results: Noncompliance with the policy and exposure to secondhand smoke were ongoing concerns. Peoples’ impressions of the use of tobacco varied, including divergent opinions as to whether such use was a bad habit or an addiction. Treatment for tobacco dependence and the management of symptoms of withdrawal were offered inconsistently. Participants voiced concerns over patient safety and leaving the ward to smoke.
Interpretation: Policies mandating smoke-free hospital property have important consequences beyond noncompliance, including concerns over patient safety and disruptions to care. Without adequately available and accessible support for withdrawal from tobacco, patients will continue to face personal risk when they leave hospital property to smoke.”