Smoking, alcohol and obesity: Health promotion opportunities relevant to acutely ill vascular and urology patients.

Karen Johnson


Alcohol, smoking and obesity are considered serious public health issues. This article examines the nurses’ role in health promotion and considers the legal, ethical and policy context relevant to a group of acutely ill patients on a vascular surgery and urology ward. It discusses how the majority of these patients suffer from vascular disease, primarily caused by modifiable risk factors and explores how to empower individuals to manage and improve their own health. The article concludes that nurses have a duty to help individuals to make informed decisions regarding their health. However, patients are entitled to make their own choices and the nurse must be respectful of their autonomy.


smoking; alcohol; obesity; health promotion;

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