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Achieving Smoke-Free Mental Health Services: Lessons from the Past Decade of Implementation Research

by Sharon Lawn 1,*,† and Jonathan Campion 2,3,†
1
Department of Psychiatry, Flinders Human Behaviour and Health Research Unit, Flinders University, Room 4T306, Margaret Tobin Centre, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, Australia
2
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham PR3 3BX, UK
3
Department of Population Mental Health, University College London, UCL Partners, London WC1E 7HB, UK
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(9), 4224-4244; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph10094224
Received: 27 July 2013 / Revised: 2 September 2013 / Accepted: 3 September 2013 / Published: 10 September 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Tobacco Control in Vulnerable Population Groups)
The culture of smoking by patients and staff within mental health systems of care has a long and entrenched history. Cigarettes have been used as currency between patients and as a patient management tool by staff. These settings have traditionally been exempt from smoke-free policy because of complex held views about the capacity of people with mental disorder to tolerate such policy whilst they are acutely unwell, with stakeholders’ continuing fierce debate about rights, choice and duty of care. This culture has played a significant role in perpetuating physical, social and economic smoking associated impacts experienced by people with mental disorder who receive care within mental health care settings. The past decade has seen a clear policy shift towards smoke-free mental health settings in several countries. While many services have been successful in implementing this change, many issues remain to be resolved for genuine smoke-free policy in mental health settings to be realized. This literature review draws on evidence from the international published research, including national audits of smoke-free policy implementation in mental health units in Australia and England, in order to synthesise what we know works, why it works, and the remaining barriers to smoke-free policy and how appropriate interventions are provided to people with mental disorder. View Full-Text
Keywords: smoke-free policy; mental disorder; mental illness; smoking; smoking culture; mental health services; psychiatric inpatients smoke-free policy; mental disorder; mental illness; smoking; smoking culture; mental health services; psychiatric inpatients
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Lawn, S.; Campion, J. Achieving Smoke-Free Mental Health Services: Lessons from the Past Decade of Implementation Research. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10, 4224-4244.

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