Council of Nurses
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Tobacco Use and
of tobacco use poses a serious public health threat, yet measures
to control its use are tragically inadequate.
Council of Nurses (ICN) is committed to:
A total ban on tobacco use.
Preventing and eliminating tobacco use by nurses and nursing
a smoke-free policy within ICN, including encouraging National
Nurses Associations (NNAs) to adopt a smoke free policy for their
premises, meetings and other events.
Working with other international governmental and non-governmental
organisations, and health professions’ organisations to
combat the tobacco epidemic.
Working with NNAs to support
implementation of the WHO Frame Work Convention on Tobacco Control
encourages member associations to co-ordinate their efforts with
other national groups to bring government and public attention to
the negative health effects of tobacco and to encourage governments
to reduce, discourage and eradicate tobacco use. More specifically,
ICN advocates the following national actions:
for policies that ban tobacco advertising, sponsorship, and that
support prominent warnings on all tobacco products.
with governments to introduce legislative and fiscal measures,
such as higher taxes on tobacco products.
a smoking ban in public places, and creating smoke free schools,
sports, workplaces, air travel, restaurants, and other public
in public education/information campaigns, particularly targeting
vulnerable groups such as youth.
incentives to tobacco farmers to switch to other crops.
Encouraging nurses to become smoke free role models by offering
cessation programmes to nurses who use tobacco.
nurses to integrate tobacco use prevention and cessation as part
of their regular nursing practice.
to integrate tobacco and smoking information into all levels
of nursing curricula.
actions to support hospitalised patients who normally use tobacco
and are confined in a non-smoking environment.
tobacco use has increased steadily, and the cost in preventable deaths
approaches 5 million people a year and is expected to rise to 10 million
by the year 2020. The nurses who continue to smoke and the increasing
tobacco use by young women are growing concerns.
ICN Code of Ethics for Nurses states
that health promotion and illness prevention are among the fundamental
responsibilities of the nurse. Additionally the nurse shares with other
citizens the responsibility for initiating and supporting action to
meet the health and social needs of the public.
problems caused by tobacco use are highly preventable. Health promotion
and disease prevention related to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco
Control must be strengthened and nurses are well suited for its implementation.
As well, nurses and NNAs should be involved in tobacco-related research
and in its dissemination.
environmental and lifestyle-related health hazards
Health and Safety for Nurses
Role in the Prevention and Early Detection of Cancer
Council of Nurses (ICN), Code of Ethics for Nurses, revised 2005.
The International Council of Nurses is a federation
of more than 129 national nurses' associations representing
the millions of nurses worldwide. Operated by nurses
for nurses, ICN is the international voice of nursing and
works to ensure quality care for all and sound health policies