The Royal College of Nursing on Smoking Cessation

The Royal College of Nursing are advising nurses to act on smoking cessation. Nurses are in an ideal role to encourage patients to stop smoking. The evidence around continued smoking and the negative health effects are enormous. People who smoke are at risk of cancer, shorter life expectancy and other diseases. The advice given to nurses when a patient is at your service is:

  • ASK – all patients if they smoke
  • ADVICE – the best way to stop
  • ACT – provide a referral of offer behavioural support and drug treatment


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