CITY WARNS DOCS 
By STEPHANIE GASKELL 
December 13, 2002 -- The city health department is warning doctors they could face malpractice suits if they don't push patients to kick the smoking habit - stunning physicians around the city who've never heard of such a case. The Health Department's quarterly newsletter, mailed to doctors, devotes its entire November issue to nicotine addiction and issues a stern warning. 

'Because physician intervention can be so effective, failure to provide optimal counseling and treatment is failure to meet the standard of care - and could be considered malpractice!' the newsletter states. 

The mailing surfaced as the Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council have agreed on one of the strongest anti-smoking bills in the country, banning smoking in most bars, restaurants and public places. Both doctors and lawyers expressed concern about the implications of medical malpractice cases against doctors for failing to treat nicotine addiction. 

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Do you think cities should be able to sue doctors who do not push their patients to quit smoking?
CITY WARNS DOCS

By STEPHANIE GASKELL

December 13, 2002 -- The city health department is warning doctors they could face malpractice suits if they don`t push patients to kick the smoking habit - stunning physicians around the city who`ve never heard of such a case. The Health Department`s quarterly newsletter, mailed to doctors, devotes its entire November issue to nicotine addiction and issues a stern warning.

`Because physician intervention can be so effective, failure to provide optimal counseling and treatment is failure to meet the standard of care - and could be considered malpractice!` the newsletter states.

The mailing surfaced as the Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council have agreed on one of the strongest anti-smoking bills in the country, banning smoking in most bars, restaurants and public places. Both doctors and lawyers expressed concern about the implications of medical malpractice cases against doctors for failing to treat nicotine addiction.

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19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/19/02 - 10:01:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
LMAO, how can they do that when the Doctors themselves are smoking as much if not more than their patients.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/19/02 - 10:02:51 AM EST (GMT-5)
No...
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/19/02 - 10:05:06 AM EST (GMT-5)
no. people have to want to quit on their own. insurance companies might want to start covering stuff like xyban,nicorette,nicoderm etc. it would probably lower their costs in the long run.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 12/26/02 - 6:25:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
That's stupid.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 12/28/02 - 4:24:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
america is a sue happy country it would be a much better place if people stopped suing ofer stupid things
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/9/03 - 4:26:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, that's stupid. The people alreday know the dangers of smoking, they should be able to quit on their own, without someone deciding for them.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/9/03 - 4:28:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
now this is crazy. really insane. and its in MY city....even though i don't smoke, this is really, truely insane. we really are sue happy.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/9/03 - 4:36:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
It appears that the cities have found another way to fleece money with trial lawyers.
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 2/2/03 - 7:25:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
it is not the docorts fault that people smoke
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 2/27/03 - 11:48:17 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, they shouldn't have to tell people to stop smoking, just let them know the risks and let them decide if they want to quit...
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Sunday 3/16/03 - 8:41:03 AM EST (GMT-5)
uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum, i doubt any smoker actually needs his/her doctor to tell them that smoking is not healthy, they know... if they still choose to smoke, that's their choice really



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