Mental health conditions affect almost one quarter of the population who die on average 10-20 years earlier than the general population. Smoking is the single largest cause of this gap in life expectancy. Smoking prevalence is significantly higher in people with mental health conditions – around one third of adult tobacco consumption is by people with a mental health condition.
ASH’s report: <u>The Stolen Years – The Mental Health and Smoking Action Report </u>– sets out the urgent action needed to reduce smoking among this population. Recommendations include improved training of healthcare staff, better access to stop smoking medication and a move towards smokefree mental health settings.
There is a strong association between smoking and mental health conditions. However, people with mental health conditions are generally able to quit smoking if they are given evidenced-based support. December 2016.Read More
The Mental Health and Smoking Action Report People with mental health conditions die on average 10-20 year earlier than the general population and smoking is the single largest factor accounting for this difference. Around one third of adult tobacco consumption is by people with a current mental health condition with smoking rates more than double […]Read More
ASH’s response to the Health Select Committee inquiry into the impact of the Comprehensive Spending Review on health and social care.Read More