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Smoking is directly responsible for many hospital admissions, medical procedures and surgical operations. Being admitted to hospital brings smokers into direct contact with healthcare professionals who can advise on giving up smoking. The consequences of smoking are directly relevant, the smokefree environment provides few smoking cues and for some there will be less desire to smoke when feeling ill. Hospitalisation therefore is an important opportunity to assist people to stop smoking.

The health target is about making sure people who are in hospital are consistently screened for tobacco use and, if they are smokers, offered help to quit. With good progress to most DHBs meeting the 95 per cent target, it is important now that this process of ABC is embedded as part of clinical practice.

Smoking is directly responsible for many hospital admissions, medical procedures and surgical operations. Being admitted to hospital brings smokers into direct contact with healthcare professionals who can advise on giving up smoking. The consequences of smoking are directly relevant, the smokefree environment provides few smoking cues and for some there will be less desire to smoke when feeling ill. Hospitalisation therefore is an important opportunity to assist people to stop smoking.

The health target is about making sure people who are in hospital are consistently screened for tobacco use and, if they are smokers, offered help to quit. With good progress to most DHBs meeting the 95 per cent target, it is important now that this process of ABC is embedded as part of clinical practice.

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