CPFT is a smoke-free Trust
The Trust is smoke free to help us to improve the lives of all people who use our services. We need to take a holistic view of an individual’s health and ensure physical and mental health are treated equally. Tobacco smoking is the biggest cause of early deaths and preventable illnesses in England. One in two long-term smokers will die early from smoking-related diseases.
42% of all tobacco smoked in this country is by people with mental health conditions. Research shows that 60% of people with mental health illnesses want to stop smoking and, with the right support, they can. Men and women with severe mental illness die 15 to 20 years earlier than the national average. Smoking is the biggest single reason for this difference. Being smoke free helps us to reduce this unacceptable health inequality.
CPFT has also signed the NHS Smokefree Pledge, committing to helping staff and patients quit smoking while ensuring that its sites are smoke free.
Going smoke free the NICE way
We implemented National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance published in 2013. This guidance states that all NHS sites should provide a safe, smoke-free environment for all.
Is it a human right to be allowed to smoke?
The British High Court (2008) ruled that smoking is not a basic human right. It is reasonable to expect the Trust to take action to protect the health of all our service users and staff.
Our smoke-free policy
CPFT became 100 per cent smoke free on 1 October 2017.
Smoking is not permitted on any Trust sites, including wards, buildings, entrances, grounds, gardens, and vehicles parked on Trust grounds. There are no areas where the use of tobacco is allowed. This applies to all service users, staff, visitors and contractors. Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is available to help service users manage not to smoke while in hospital. We have developed an NRT pathway and training for staff. This includes advice about the use of e-cigarettes.
Activities are offered to help service users manage their smoking habits. A grant of up to £1,000 is available to each of the inpatient mental health wards to improve the smoke-free environment.
Support is available to service users and staff who wish to stop smoking permanently.
We ask service users seen at home or in the community to not smoke while a member of our staff is with them.
More questions about smoke free?
Please e-mail SmokeFreeTrust@cpft.nhs.uk
Stop-smoking clinics are provided by CAMQUIT and Peterborough stop smoking Service:
CAMQUIT Cambridgeshire stop smoking service
T 0800 018 4304
Peterborough stop smoking Service
T 0800 376 56 55
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