Letters Should psychiatric hospitals completely ban smoking?

A complete smoking ban in psychiatric hospitals is ethically wrong

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6288 (Published 25 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6288
  1. Simon Chapman, professor of public health1
  1. 1School of Public Health, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
  1. simon.chapman{at}sydney.edu.au

Because of evidence of harm to others, there is no ethically sustainable argument that smoking should be allowed in any public indoor setting.1 2 Evidence that exposure to smoking outdoors is harmful, except to smokers themselves, is poor.3

An outdoor smoking ban in such circumstances can be ethically justified only on openly …

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