It's an addiction Rachael....just how it is...sorry.....yes they should have E cigarettes available....patches do nothing for the "Habit" portion of the addiction...that's the hard part....if it wasn't knowbody who could make it after the 72 hour detox would ever go back...that psychological "rush"...I,, know I was a chain smoker in my 20's....if course 5 years after I quit I got asthma....
I agree but e cigs would be better....gives him that "cigarette break" experience.
Totally agree on e-cigs for outpatients, and for those quitting smoking, but if you are treating acute pneumonia you really don't want any particulates going into the lungs. Wouldn't be really safe around oxygen, either. I only said the patch can help while inpatient. It's also by prescription and covered by insurance, so available in hospitals.
It's a horrible addiction, and often patients choose to check out AMA (refuse treatment) instead of staying in just so they can go smoke. It's sad.