Smoking rates among people with a mental illness are higher than the general population, with one in three people with a mental illness smoking.
It is generally believed that those with mental illness cannot quit smoking. However, there is a great deal of evidence that shows people with a mental illness can, and do, quit smoking, with the necessary support.
Information relating to involuntary mental health patients
In January 2013 the Smoke Free WA Health System Policy was amended to include a partial exemption for involuntary adult mental health inpatients.
The Department of Health allows that adult (over 18 years of age) involuntary mental health inpatients may be exempted from specific aspects of the Policy in certain circumstances.
- Smoking and mental health - Fact Sheet 1: Information for Patients and Consumers (PDF 190KB) | (Word 442KB)
- Smoking and mental health - Fact Sheet 2: Information for WA Health staff (PDF 162KB) | (Word 437KB)
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