Authors: Maxie Ashton, Sue Bertossa, Mark Weston, SA
Event: 2007 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Tobacco policy, COMORBIDITY / DRUG & ALCOHOL ISSUES, POLICY, OCUPPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY, TOBACCO.
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The rate of tobacco smoking amongst people with mental illness is extremely high and many consumers are concerned about the impact tobacco use has on their health and quality of life. Many smokers with mental illness and mental health workers want to address tobacco however the lack of clear and consistent policies within services makes it more difficult.
The environment within services can place consumers, workers and others at risk of exposure to passive smoke. Consumers and workers have also reported that they have taken up or increased their smoking while within the services. These environmental factors also make it more difficult for smokers to quit or cut back their smoking. Addressing tobacco policies within mental health services presents many challenges. This workshop will provide an opportunity to explore the complex issues, and identify the principles and strategies that can help us move forward.