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Drop in Violence With Smoke-Free Policy


The amazing information is given by The Lancet Psychiatry about smoke-free policy. The research by the New King’s College London shows that a 39 percent drop in physical assaults is observed by the following of smoke-free policy between patients and towards staff. This policy is introduced at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM). And the study of the Lancet Psychiatry published that the smoke-free policy not only works in the psychiatric hospitals but also in the other places such as prisons.

The Smoke-free policy is that’s why important at psychiatric hospitals because it has long been a cultural norm there. And that is the reason that people who have mental health problems die 15-20 years earlier than the general population. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommended in the year 2013 that the introduction of the smoke-free policies is precarious, maternity and mental health services to achieve withdrawal symptoms.

The policy of SLaM’s is prohibited smoking in the buildings and grounds of its fourth South London hospitals, and they offered nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and e-cigarettes to patients. And then the researchers of this college analyzed results of physical assaults 30 months before and 12 months after the smoke-free policy and they found a 39 percent reduction in the number of physical assaults per month.

The Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher in Tobacco Addiction Dr. Debbie Robson at the King’s College London said: “Hopefully our findings will reassure staff that introducing a smoke-free policy does not increase physical violence as it often feared. We believe there are a number of possibilities why rates of violence actually decreased. Historically, cigarettes have been used as a tool to manage patient behavior and patient often coerce their peers into handing over cigarettes. To support the introduction of the smoke-free policy SLaM invested in new treatment pathways for smokers and a staff training program, which may have contributed to changing the culture of how staff and patient interact.”

This was the study undertaken at the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South London, where the hard work team of researchers is finding ways to help the people with the severe mental illness to improve their physical health.




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