The making of a smoke-free hospital may not be as easy as you think

M. R. Passannante, J. Espenshade, L. B. Reichman, N. Hymowitz, A. Sia

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Literature describing experiences in the implementation of a smoke-free policy in a hospital suggests that, with careful preparation and close monitoring, a smoke-free policy can be successfully instituted. Despite this pervasive viewpoint, any hospital personnel considering the adoption of a smoke-free policy should be aware that the institution of such a policy may be quite difficult. The experience at University Hospital suggests that a strong policy statement, administrative support, and a comprehensive implementation plan have helped to achieve widespread compliance with the smoke-free policy among hospital employees. Unfortunately, the smoke-free policy has been less successful changing the smoking activities of the patients. Although others have not reported this compliance problem, we believe it is a real problem that many institutions will face. We present methods used to identify, combat, and monitor this compliance problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)214-218
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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