Prevalence of Smoking and Provision of Smoking Cessation Advice during Hospitalization.

Noor Najeeb, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Muruj Halawani, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Noel G. McElvaney, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Frank Doyle, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

The original article is available at www.imj.ie

Abstract

Aim We aimed to determine the prevalence of smoking and smoking cessation advice received by inpatients in Beaumont Hospital and compared results to previous similar studies.

Method Cross-sectional survey where we interviewed eligible in-patients over a two-week period.

Results 14.8% (30/203) of participants were current smokers, which is lower than the smoking prevalence found by previous studies. The rate of cessation advice delivery was 53.3% (16/30). An increasing socioeconomic gap between smokers and non-smokers over time was found.

Discussion There remains limited provision of smoking cessation advice to inpatients.