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Why all nurses should ask patients who smoke whether they want to quit

Every nurse should be trained to support smoking cessation, says lung health task force
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Every nurse should be trained to support smoking cessation, says lung health task force

All nurses should be equipped to support patients to stop smoking, says a task force set up to tackle the nation's poor lung health.

One in five people in the UK has a lung disease, and respiratory conditions are responsible for a major gap in life expectancy between the nation's poorest and its most wealthy.

In England, there has been no improvement in outcomes for people with lung disease for more than a decade.

Now, the independent Taskforce for Lung Health, of which the RCN is a member, has produced wide-ranging recommendations in a five-year plan that attempts to address the issue.

Training for all clinicians

The task force wants all healthcare

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