Mental Health Patients Smoke Three Times As Much As Public

Pharmacological Approaches to Help Psychiatric Patients Quit Smoking
Pharmacological Approaches to Help Psychiatric Patients Quit Smoking
Smoking can contribute to depression and anxiety, and can reduce the efficacy of psychiatric medications.

Mental health patients smoke more than three times as much as the general population, a Public Health England (PHE) and NHS survey of 105 care units suggests.

Smoking can increase depression and anxiety and reduce the effectiveness of medication by up to 50%, experts warn. PHE wants all mental-health hospitals to be smoke-free zones.

The PHE survey suggests 64% of mental-health patients are addicted to tobacco — compared with 18% of the general population, although 9% of the units are already completely smoke-free.

It is publishing new guidance to help medium- and low-security mental-health units implement National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommendations that all NHS-funded hospitals should provide stop-smoking services.

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