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Letters Should psychiatric hospitals completely ban smoking?

A ban on smoking in psychiatric hospitals would reduce self burn injuries

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 16 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i926
  1. Natasha L Wielogorska, plastic surgery registrar1,
  2. Victoria Harries, core trainee year 21,
  3. Daniel Gearon, foundation year 2 trainee1,
  4. Baljit Dheansa, consultant plastic, burns, and reconstructive surgeon1
  1. 1Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead RH19 3DZ, UK
  1. nlwielogorska{at}

The head to head debate on whether psychiatric hospitals should completely ban smoking provided a balanced summary of the social, ethical, and risk related issues surrounding the debate,1 but another important concern warrants discussion.

The role of smoking related paraphernalia in deliberate self burn injury is well documented. Common mechanisms of self burn injury include the use of cigarettes, lighters, aerosols, and …

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