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Actas Esp Psiquiatr. 2008 Jan-Feb;36(1):60-2.

Effects of smoking ban in a general hospital psychiatric unit.

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Psychiatry Department, Hospital Valle del Nalón, Langreo, Asturias, Spain. icelso@yahoo.es

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Many psychiatric facilities allow patients to smoke cigarettes even though this habit is especially harmful for mental patients.

METHODS:

We studied the untoward effects produced by the smoking ban in 40 consecutive inpatients admitted to a psychiatric ward of a general hospital.

RESULTS:

A total of 52.2 % out of 40 patients were smokers; the mean Fagerstrom score was 5.9. The most frequent diagnostic groups were: schizophrenia and delusional disorders; mood disorders; and personality disorders. There were only two untoward effects related with the smoking ban during the study period.

CONCLUSIONS:

This study shows that the smoking ban can be successfully implemented in a general hospital psychiatric unit without causing unfavorable effects.

PMID:
18286401
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