One-Year Longitudinal Study of a No-Smoking Policy in a Medical Institution: Discussion (Part 4)

In: No-Smoking Policy

26 Oct 2012

No-smoking policies and their growing prevalence in the workplace, and in health care facilities in particular, may have dramatic consequences. They increase general knowledge of health risks about smoking and may promote nonsmoking as a more normative behavior. Prohibition of smoking may help reduce the peer pressure to smoke and, conversely, increase social support for nonsmoking. No-smoking policies could, in fact, increase the success of a smoker s intent to quit and to decrease daily cigarette consumption. buy prednisone
No-smoking policies are rapidly emerging. Since we addressed and implemented ours, all health care facilities in our community have implemented similar policies. Smokers consequently are perceiving little choice in finding health care providers who permit smoking within our community. This is becoming a growing and national trend.
Smoking policies may have other significant benefits beyond the issue itself. A smoke-free policy can directly impact on employers by decreasing the costs resulting from employees who smoke with respect to increased indirect costs from absenteeism, increased health care utilization, and higher health insurance rates.


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