Letters Should psychiatric hospitals completely ban smoking?

Reasons not to ban smoking in psychiatric hospitals

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6284 (Published 25 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6284
  1. John A Dent, consultant psychiatrist1
  1. 1West London Mental Health Trust, Southall UB1 3EU, UK
  1. john.dent2{at}NHS.net

While acknowledging the severe harm done by smoking, there are reasons to discourage a complete ban on smoking in hospital grounds.1 In 2008, implementation of a total smoking ban was associated with a sharp increase in the number of fires on psychiatric units.2 In October 2008 a major fire at the secure unit …

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