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Hospital gives cig-addicted stroke patient nic patches

Discussion in 'Health, Safety and Vaping' started by nanovapr, Feb 27, 2012.

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  1. nanovapr

    nanovapr Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 15, 2011
    Catatonic State, USA
    This may not be real news, but this is in a ferocious no-smoking city.

    I went to the hospital yesterday to visit an old friend that had a stroke. It was sad because he was a great guitar player, and likely won't play again. He was a seriously addicted cig smoker for probably 40 years.

    What was interesting, was that the hospital issued him nicotine patches as soon as he was admitted. If that is not a silent nod to nicotine at least being sort of acceptable, I don't know what is. It at least shows that they consider 'just nicotine' not to be a major health risk, at a time when his health was vey bad. I demonstrated a PV to him in the room, he is very interested in vaping, I'll set him up with something.

    --cross-posting a few places--
  2. Sicarius

    Sicarius Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 30, 2011
    Anything that takes the edge off something like that is ok IMO - Wish him the best in recovery.
  3. mekks

    mekks Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 31, 2011
    When my hubby went in for a below the knee amputation almost 2 years ago, they got him nicotine patches to reduce his cravings. We just had to remind them a few times, as he was stubborn enough to have 3 people take him out for a cigarette just a few hours after he came to from the surgery. It did take the edge off him and made it easier for the staff to deal with him.
  4. kfig

    kfig Senior Member Verified Member

    Feb 13, 2012
    Myrtle Beach, SC
    This is typical in healthcare. Giving someone a nic patch decreases their risk of lighting up while they are admitted and or when they are discharged.
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