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Smoking 'secret' on psychiatric wards

22nd June 2009

A survey by the Mental Health Foundation has found that 85% of mental health wards had not "effectively implemented" the smoking ban.

Many of the survey's 109 respondents said it was difficult to find a practical solution to the ban, which came into force in July 2008. Report author Simon Lawton-Smith said: "Where access to an outside space is limited or unavailable, staff seem to be in the difficult position of either risking breaking the law by turning a blind eye, or denying a patient the right to smoke completely."

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