Hospitalisation, especially for a tobacco-related illness, may render patients to be more receptive to smoking cessation efforts by increasing their perceived vulnerability. The hospital setting also increases the contact time that patients have with the healthcare professionals. In addition, hospitals are generally smoke-free to protect patients and staff from passive smoking. Patients who smoke have no choice but to abstain from smoking during the period of hospitalisation. Such an environment may therefore promote permanent tobacco abstinence.
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