Smoking Cessation in Mental Health
Friday 21 October 2016
De Vere West One, London
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“Action is needed to address the growing difference in smoking rates among those with a mental health condition compared to the general population. There is no single measure that will transform outcomes but a whole systems approach is needed that involves staff across mental health, physical health and social care, and empowers individuals to realise their goals of being smokefree.” The Stolen Years – The Mental Health and Smoking Action report, 2016
“Mental health inpatient services should be smoke free by 2018.” The Mental Health Taskforce Strategy, February 2016
This conference features a number of extended interactive sessions which will provide a practical guide to smoking cessation in mental health, ensuring your service effectively supports people with mental illness to stop smoking and does so within a smoke free environment.
Smoking Cessation in Mental Health, and delivering smoke free environments is key to the government ambition for parity of esteem and to reduce the lower life expectancy of people with mental health disorders: “Smoking remains the primary cause of preventable illness and premature death in England, and evidence shows that people living with mental health problems are more likely to smoke. Public Health England believe it is vital to reduce smoking rates among people living with mental health problems” Seamus Watson, national programme manager for wellbeing and mental health at Public Health England There will also be a focus on e-cigarettes. Deborah Arnott Chief Executive Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) & Specialist Advisory Committee Member, Smoking: Harm Reduction Quality Standard, NICE stated in October 2015 that “Organisations should consider the role of electronic cigarettes in supporting smokers to reduce harm to themselves and others”.
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