Don't rush to lift e-cigarette bans in mental healthcare settings
Allowing vaping risks more than a return to smoke-filled rooms
The relationship between mental health services and tobacco is a long – and not necessarily happy – one.
Tobacco was a big part of daily life in the institutions that are now confined to history in the UK. It was used as a form of reward in token economy schemes and as wages in the distant past for those individuals deemed fit enough to be ward ‘workers’.
Until relatively recently, the characteristic smell of mental health wards was of stale tobacco. Even worse were the day rooms, with an atmosphere almost akin to the smog of post-war London.
Restrictions bring challenges
The rate of smoking among people with severe mental illness is still twice that of people without such a diagnosis or label.
Endeavours to prohibit smoking...
Want to read more?
Unlock full access to RCNi Plus today
Save over 50% on your first three months:
- Customisable clinical dashboard featuring 200+ topics
- Unlimited online access to all 10 RCNi Journals including Nursing Standard
- RCNi Learning featuring 180+ RCN accredited learning modules
- NMC-compliant RCNi Portfolio to build evidence for revalidation
- Personalised newsletters tailored to your interests