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Exempting mental health units from smoke-free laws: Nicotine can have beneficial effects

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7567.551-b (Published 07 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:551
  1. T Everett Julyan, specialist registrar in psychiatry ([email protected])
  1. Crosshouse Hospital, Ayrshire KA2 0BE

    EDITOR—Campion et al argue that psychiatric units should not be exempt from smoking bans, but they do not discuss several issues.1

    Nicotine can have beneficial effects on mood, anxiety, and cognition, and it ameliorates some of the side effects of psychotropic drugs. Acute nicotine withdrawal can exacerbate psychiatric symptoms and cause diagnostic difficulty. Cigarette smoke also induces the metabolism of many different psychotropic drugs. …

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