I quit smoking almost a decade ago because whenever I took a deep breath I ended up having a coughing fit. The coworkers at the time were all non smokers and would constantly complain that I stank...lol but mainly quit because of the coughing.
I didn't do it cold turkey, it was more like stop & go traffic and it want my first time trying to quit. I was a serial quitter.
What helped me to finally quit was tapering down and being conscience of my actions. Instead of saying to myself that I'm addicted and I can't quit, I said with every cigarette I pulled out of the pack before lighting it, I choose to smoke this cigarette. might sound silky but it's true and it helped me to regain control over the addiction. Don't let smoking become an automatic action and most importantly don't beat yourself up. If you want to have a smoke them do it, just do it consciously.
After awhile I when I pulled out a cigarette I said, I choose to NOT smoke this cigarette, and put it away. This was not an overnight cure just a one cigarette at a time choice.
Don't scold yourself, don't justify, don't blame. If you want that cigarette at that moment, own it, go ahead and smoke it, don't feel bad about it. Just be in that moment, stay conscience don't allow pulling out a cigarettes to be an automatic action.
I don't think banning smoking is the answer either but patients in a hospital should not be exposed to the smoke and it's stench. How very odd to think it's ok to go work stinky. But smokers are not able to smell themselves...it's worse than
. I understand that some patients smoke and get agitated when they can't smoke, I was that patient once, the staff wouldn't let me go out for a smoke and I threw a tantrum :: they offered me a choice of a patch or get taken down and tranquilized by force lol I chose the patch.