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Effects of a Smoking Ban on a General Hospital Psychiatric Service
Wayne R. Smith; Brian L. Grant
Psychiatric Services 1989; doi:
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The authors acknowledge the crucial participation in this study of the medical and nursing staff of the department of psychiatry at Providence Medical Center and of head nurses Heidi Grady and Sarah Sweeney.

Department of Psychiatry at Providence Medical Center in Seattle The Division of Adolescent Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington

Providence Medical Center and a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington

1989 by the American Psychiatric Association

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After a private general hospital announced plans to ban smoking inside the hospital, the authors initiated a study on the psychiatric units to identify anticipated and actual patient-related problems associated with the ban and to assess staff and patient attitudes toward the ban. Data were obtained through pre- and postban surveys of medical and nursing staff and predischarge interviews with patients. The findings showed that staff anticipated more smoking-related problems than actually occurred and that patients who smoked were able to reduce their tobacco use during their hospital stay. No evidence was found to suggest that hospitalized psychiatric patients are less capable of cutting down on smoking than the general population.

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