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Improving the smoking patterns in a general hospital psychiatric unit

Author(s): Celso Iglesias García | María José Alonso Villa | Juan Carlos Bernaldo de Quirós | Elena Bocanegra Suárez | Julia Cueta Gonzalo | Rosario García del Valle | José Manuel González González | Álvaro Miranda García | Ana Belén Palacio Bande

Journal: NURE Investigacion
ISSN 1697-218X

Volume: 6;
Issue: 38;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Tobacco | Psychiatry unit | Smoking ban | Mental health | Personal attitudes

Objectives: The purpose of the present paper is to evaluate the effects of a smoking ban in a general hospital psychiatric unit. Methods: We study the effects of smoking ban in 40 consecutive psychiatric inpatients. The staff registered socio-demographic and tobacco-related variables. We also registered any kind of behavioral effects of smoking ban.Results: The patients were willing to stop smoking during their hospital stay (with or without nicotine replacement) with two mild behavioural incidences registered throughout the study. Conclusions: The benefits of non-smoking policy in a psychiatric unit can be significant. The introduction of smoking bans in psychiatric inpatients settings is possible and safe.

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