Still in this month’s British Journal of Psychiatry there has been research into the impact of the introduction of smoke-free in-patient wards. There was much debate before the measures were introduced last year, with some, including the Royal College of Psychiatrists, arguing there should be exemptions on in-patient wards.
However it seems as if the research has found that although health trusts have encountered difficulties, 92% feel the overall effect of the ban has been positive. A feared rise in aggression or violence has also not materialised.
The research authors commented:
“…patients were reported to get up and out of their rooms earlier in the mornings, since they were no longer allowed to smoke indoors. Three respondents reported that individuals specifically welcomed the use of newly-created recreational spaces that had been provided in former smoking rooms, and that this was having a positive impact on their behaviour and sense of well-being.”