A new report has been published by the Royal College of Physicians in the UK calling on the NHS to implement radical changes in the way they approach smoking cessation services. Hiding in Plain Sight concludes that addressing tobacco use while patients are in hospital will save lives, increase life expectancy and reduce the economic burden caused by tobacco.
The report identifies health service commissioners and practitioners as holding responsibility in addressing tobacco use among patients and staff. There must be acknowledgement that offering smoking cessation services will improve the health of the service users and staff and will work to reduce health inequalities.
For a more detailed summary of the report, click here.
IPH has worked extensively on tobacco in the past and continues to do so.
- On June 12th 2018, IPH facilitated a high level policy dialogue on tobacco use inequalities, building on learning from a workshop at the World No Tobacco Day conference. This policy dialogue is in partnership with CHRODIS+, the European Joint Action on health promotion and disease prevention.
- In March 2017, IPH published a snapshot report on smoke-free spaces on the island of Ireland. This snapshot report presents a brief overview of progress on the development of smoke-free spaces on the island of Ireland.
- In 2013, IPH published “A Tobacco-Free Future: An all-island report on tobacco, inequalities and childhood. Access the report here.