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Smoking ban is upheld at Scotland’s State Hospital despite patient’s earlier victory

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 14 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5164
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

A patient at the State Hospital in Carstairs, Scotland, has failed in his bid to overturn a ban on smoking at the secure psychiatric establishment. Charles McCann, who has schizophrenia and has been detained for 18 years, was successful last year in getting a court ruling that the ban was unlawful and breached his human rights.1 That decision has now been reversed by three judges after the hospital appealed.

Smoking was banned in the buildings and grounds of the …

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