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Smoking cessation and mental health – a Public Health concern by Seamus Watson

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Seamus's presentation included information on the nations health, success in smoking cessation, smoking and mental health and the national policy.

Physical health of people with mental health problems:
People with mental illness die from the five big killers
Socially deprived groups are more likely to have mental illness as a comorbidity
We’ve made least progress in improving outcomes for disadvantaged groups

Seamus said smoking is the greatest cause of preventable ill-health and pre mature mortality.

Cessation improves population mental health
People with mental illness can stop smoking
Improved respiratory health
High rates of successful quitting

In the 1940s 65% of adults were smokers and today only 19%.

People living with mental health illness have the expected life expectancy as the general population of the 1950s!

People living with mental health illness due of the same 5 main killers but as a much younger age.

People living with mental health illness are more likely to smoke, abuse alcohol, be less active and be obese.

Smoking is THE biggest cause of preventable ill health and early death

Nations priorities for the next 5 years (set last week by the PHE):Smoking, Alcohol. Dementia, Early years TB & Resistance to Antibiotics

Seamus said looking ahead we need to gather more evidence and case studies and makie the knowledge available. By shining a light on inequalities and linking across system with partners the helps support national networks. We need to embed in population health programmes.

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Events of interest:

Delirium: Implementing the New NICE Quality Standard
Tuesday 9 December 2014 London

Improving Physical Health for People with Mental Health Conditions
Tuesday 9 December 2014 London

Improving the Quality of Perinatal Mental Health Services
Thursday 11 December 2014 London

Masterclass: The Legal use of Control and Restraint
Wednesday 14 January 2015 London

Positive and Proactive Care: Reducing the need for restrictive interventions
Tuesday 3 February 2015 Birmingham

Meeting the National Access and Waiting Time Standards for Mental Health
Monday 9 February 2015 London

Psychological Therapies in the NHS 2015
Wednesday 11 February 2015 — Thursday 12 February London

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults in Mental Health Services Including Implications of the New Care Act 2014
Tuesday 24 February 2015 London

Bipolar Disorder in Adults
Monday 2 March 2015 London

Positive and Proactive Care Meeting the New National Guidance on Reducing Seclusion
Tuesday 10 March 2015 London

Measuring and Monitoring Quality in Mental Health
Monday 23 March 2015 London

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards: Ensuring Compliance in Practice
Wednesday 25 March 2015 London

Implementing the national objective to end Prone/Face Down Restraint: Examining Restraint Positions in Practice
Tuesday 21 April 2015 London

Masterclass: The Mental Capacity Act and Advance Decisions
Wednesday 13 May 2015 London


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10 November 2014

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