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27 June 2017

Smoking Ban in Psychiatric Hospitals

The introduction of a smoking ban in one of the UK’s largest mental health trusts led to a 39% drop in violence, a study has found, despite long held assumptions that banning cigarettes in psychiatric settings would lead to an increase in assaults. Smoking has been a long standing accepted practice in mental health, and mental health needs to look at the lack of evidence that says smoking helps prevent aggression.
Smoking ban in psychiatric hospital led to drop in violent assaults. BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j2952 (Published 19 June 2017) 

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