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Exempting mental health units from smoke-free laws: Issue should no longer be ignored

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 07 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:551
  1. Faouzi Dib Alam, specialist registrar (
  1. Royal Preston Hospital, Preston PR2 9HT

    EDITOR—Campion et al wrote on no longer exempting mental health units from smoke-free laws.1 By allowing smoking in psychiatric units the government will only increase stigma towards psychiatric patients when the Royal College of Psychiatrists is trying hard to reduce it.

    Admission of smokers with mental illness to smoke-free psychiatric units may lead to behavioural deterioration, but some evidence from the …

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