Regarding the March News & Trends article RNs show biggest decline in smoking rates among providers” (www.Nurse.com/Article/Healthcare-Smoking-Rates), these data indicate that more nurses will enjoy improved health and less disability. In addition, nurses who quit are often more comfortable and willing to counsel their tobacco-using patients, which most likely will result in increased quit attempts and less tobacco-associated disease.
In North Shore-LIJ Health System’s tobacco cessation program, nurse employees who quit report their renewed enthusiasm and increased confidence in providing assistance to their tobacco-dependent patients. Hopefully, other practitioners who smoke will follow the example of RNs and continue to decrease their smoking rates for the good of their health, as well as that of their patients.
Patricia Folan, RN, DNP, CTTS