Smoking & Mental Health



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.

Smoking and Mental Health


Higher smoking rates remain the single largest cause of the estimated 10-20 year reduced life expectancy for people with mental health conditions. December 2016.    

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The Stolen Years


People with mental health conditions die on average 10-20 years 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 that of the general population The Stolen […]

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Evidence to the Health Select Committee Inquiry: Impact of Comprehensive Spending Review on health and social care


ASH’s response to the Health Select Committee inquiry into the impact of the Comprehensive Spending Review on  health and social care.

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