Smoke and Mirrors: One Case for Ethical Obligations of the Physician as Public Role Model

  title={Smoke and Mirrors: One Case for Ethical Obligations of the Physician as Public Role Model},
  author={Jacob M. Appel},
  journal={Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics},
  pages={95 - 100}
  • J. Appel
  • Published 1 January 2009
  • Medicine
  • Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
As a result of workplace clean air regulations and strict guidelines imposed by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations in 1993, most hospitals in the United States are now virtually smoke free. Although evidence suggests that these restrictions both cause smoking employees to consume fewer cigarettes per day and induce some employees to quit smoking entirely, the policies have also driven many healthcare providers—including physicians—onto the public sidewalks for… 
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