The government’s pompously named ‘National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’ have just made a quite stupid edict on smoking which disregards all the evidence. They propose banning smoking by all patients anywhere near hospitals, including patients in mental hospitals. They further propose that nurses should be banned from smoking.
These proposals are NOT based on any scientific evidence.
Science has clearly established that smoking helps manic depressives manage their condition, whatever the effects on their physical condition.
Science also causes us to ask why many nurses smoke but so few doctors.
Doctors are the cornflake that rise to the top of the pack, in Boris Johnson’s world.
Nurses are relatively poorly paid. But they are the people in the front line helping patients cope with their problems.
Smoking perhaps helps them to cope with the stresses of their job.