• incidence smoking;
  • nurses;
  • students;
  • qualified;
  • nursing definition;
  • research design

The incidence of smoking amongst nurses: a review of the literature

Over the years there has been an ongoing debate about the implications of the smoking behaviour of nurses in relation to their own health and in the context of their professional role and responsibilities. However it is difficult to determine with any degree of accuracy the current incidence of smoking amongst nurses and most of the available research is based on small samples which embrace nurses of different levels and status. Very few recent studies in the United Kingdom or elsewhere have focused on this issue. A confused picture therefore emerges. This paper presents a critical overview of the literature and where appropriate provides data about the incidence of smoking in comparable groups of the general population.