The Stolen Years, a report by ASH, endorsed by 27 health and mental health organisations, sets out recommendations for how smoking rates for people with a mental health condition could be dramatically reduced.
These include improved training of healthcare staff, better access to stop smoking medication and a move towards smokefree mental health settings.
The report was launched in Parliament on 12th April 2016. You can view images from the launch here.
This briefing explains why smoking is a major contributory factor and what can be done to reduce health inequalities caused by smoking. It examines the relationship between smoking and socio-economic status, and certain social groups such as people with mental health conditions, prisoners, looked-after children and ethnic minorities.ASH Briefing: Health inequalities and smoking