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The ethics of smoke-free zones: an exploration of the implications and effectiveness of a non-smoking policy as a health-promotion strategy in the context of an orthopaedic trauma ward.

Abstract Summary:

Pressure to reduce the incidence of smoking is increasing and widespread, coming from health professionals, independent research groups and Government policy objectives. Moves to introduce

non-smoking policies within health-service premises are gaining acceptance, and form an element of the Government's overall health plan. This paper considers the background to smoking prohibition in

hospitals, its merits and drawbacks as a health-promotion strategy, and some of the health and ethical issues that may arise.