Policy Within Mental Health Services – Pro-Actively Addressing Tobacco

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Authors: Maxie Ashton, SA

Year: 2005

Event: 2005 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Smoking IS an Issue

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 0975765310

Abstract: Environmental factors within mental health settings can place people with mental illness and mental health workers at risk of exposure to passive tobacco smoke and of taking up or increasing their smoking whilst within mental health services. Many people with mental illness and mental health workers are very concerned about the impact of tobacco use has on their health, finances and quality of life. There is an urgent need for clear and consistent tobacco policies within mental health services to begin to address it effectively. While tobacco poses a number of real and unique challenges within mental health settings, with careful consideration and a well-planned committed response many of these challenges can be addressed and a significant and sustainable difference to the health and safety of mental health clients and staff achieved.

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