In response to the Royal College of Physician's latest report on smoking cessation, 'Hiding in plain sight: Treating tobacco dependency in the NHS', Professor Dame Parveen Kumar, BMA board of science chair, said:
“While rates of tobacco use continue to decline, almost one in six adults still smoke, and smoking remains the leading cause of premature death in the UK, so it’s imperative those who want stop smoking feel fully supported by adequately funded, targeted smoking cessation services
“Patients in hospitals often receive advice and support to quit smoking but we must improve training and resources for health workers to ensure this becomes a routine part of caring for all smokers seeking NHS services, particularly people with long-term conditions and mental health problems.”
Notes to Editors
The BMA is a trade union representing and negotiating on behalf of all doctors in the UK. A leading voice advocating for outstanding health care and a healthy population. An association providing members with excellent individual services and support throughout their lives.
The BMA is signed up to the Smokefree Action Coalition NHS Smokefree Pledge. Find out more information about this initiative here.