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Smoking ban exceptions

17th August 2006

18072006_femalesmoking1.jpgExceptions to the total smoking ban that all NHS organisations are expected to implement by the end of the year are being allowed by Hampshire Partnership NHS trust.

From 1 September the mental health trust is making its sites smoke free, but it has released a document which will allow patients to smoke in certain designated areas.

The document says that ‘The trust recognises that some service users have circumstances that will require staff to make an assessment as to whether special arrangements need to be made so that the service user will be permitted to smoke on a trust site'.  It carries on ‘Such circumstances might include detention under the Mental Health Act, the inability of a service user to give informed consent for help with smoking cessation, or inability to make a rational choice to quit.’

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