Thursday, January 13, 2011

Nurses to Help Thousands of Smokers Butt Out During National Non-Smoking Week - Nursing Link

When nurses intervene, smokers quit. That’s the message the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) wants to spread when National Non-Smoking Week (January 16 – 22, 2011) gets underway next week.

“Smoking is one of the most important public health threats of our time. We know that 37,000 deaths a year in Canada are linked to tobacco use. Research shows that reaching out to people is one of the most important steps in determining a smoker’s willingness to quit,” explains Irmajean Bajnok, an RN and Director of RNAO’s Best Practice Guidelines (BPG) program in Toronto.

“Nurses who spend as little as three minutes having conversations with smokers about quitting can make a difference,” says Bajnok adding arming nurses with the best available evidence from the RNAO’s Smoking Cessation BPG is the key to reducing smoking rates.

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