We as RTs are constantly working with patients who smoke. In fact, if people ever did stop smoking we might simply be out of a job.
In fact, one of the ironies of the medical field, is we make a conscious effort to do thing to that we think will benefit other people but ultimately put ourselves out of work. It would be like Marborro heading an anti-smoking campaign.
We here at the RT Cave have this neat little pamphlet we give to our patients who want it, and it provides some awesome information about the dangers of smoking and how to quit. I'm sure your hospital does too.
In doing my daily search of blogs last weekend, I found my way to COPD News of the Day, where she reports that "kicking the habit may become easier for the nation’s 45 million smokers.
For the first time, researchers have identified patterns of genes that appear to influence how well individuals respond to specific smoking cessation treatments."
Anything that would make it easier for people to quit is good news, even if it extinguishes our jobs in the process.
I also found this article about how researchers have linked smoking with midlife memory loss. Yet another reason for people to quit, or to not start in the first place.