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Smoking habits of nurses

E. Jacka, P.B. Disler, A.R. Sayed, G.S. Watermeyer, W.F. Ross
Curationis | Vol 7, No 1 | a821 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v7i1.821 | © 1984 E. Jacka, P.B. Disler, A.R. Sayed, G.S. Watermeyer, W.F. Ross | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 1984 | Published: 28 September 1984

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E. Jacka, Department of Community Health, University of Cape Town Medical School, South Africa
P.B. Disler, Department of Community Health, University of Cape Town Medical School, South Africa
A.R. Sayed, Department of Community Health, University of Cape Town Medical School, South Africa
G.S. Watermeyer, Department of Community Health, University of Cape Town Medical School, South Africa
W.F. Ross, Department of Community Health, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe

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Abstract

There is little debate as to the harmful effects of cigarette smoking on health. Most health workers advise their patients to cease the practice. The impact of the advice is however diluted if it is seen to be ignored by the professionals themselves. As nurses play an increasing role in all levels of health care a survey was undertaken to investigate the smoking habits of two groups of nurses - those operating within the community and those working in institutions.

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