Smoking Among Hospitalized Patients

Another Opportunity to Improve Patients' Health

Like other aspects of tobacco control, this study shows us how far we have come and how much more needs to be done. There is increasing pressure to remove the outdoor smoking areas that serve as a refuge for hospitalized patients and employees to sneak out for a smoke, representing a transition from smoke-free hospitals to smoke-free campuses. Of course, smoking while hospitalized—as Regan et al remind us—can impair healing, and the opportunity to stop smoking can be the first step toward the important goal of long-term smoking cessation." –Steven A. Schroeder, MD