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Readers panel: do nurses have a duty to set an example to patients and quit smoking?

Public Health England head of digital strategy Mary Black, who lost her father and grandfather to smoking-related diseases, has urged nurses who smoke to lead by example and kick the habit. Nursing Standard readers have their say. 
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Public Health England head of digital strategy Mary Black, who lost her father and grandfather to smoking-related diseases, has urged nurses who smoke to lead by example and kick the habit. Nursing Standard readers have their say

Jane Brown is a quality governance manager in Worcestershire

It is quite off-putting to be cared for by someone who smells like an ashtray, and it would be good for patients if all healthcare professionals did not smoke, but this is the real world and we will not stop nurses from smoking completely. Employers need to look more closely at the reasons why health professionals smoke, such as stress, and give staff time to attend health-related seminars to address these issues.

Jane Scullion is

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