Smoke-free psychiatric services
The Department of Health (2004a) has declared that the National Health Service (NHS) in England and Wales will be smoke free by December 2006. As one of Europe's largest employers, the NHS is in a unique position to influence public attitudes to tobacco consumption. A ' smoke-free' health service was recommended by the Chief Medical Officer (Department of Health, 2004a) and a recent poll indicated widespread public backing (MORI/ASH omnibus poll; http://www.mori.com/polls/2004/ash.shtml). ' Smoke-free' means smoking will not be permitted anywhere within hospital grounds, with no exceptions for staff or visitors, and limited exemptions for certain patients, providing no one is subject to passive smoking as a result.
Smoke free services