I don’t think anyone should be forced to give up smoking against their will. I know we are in the middle of ‘Stoptober’, but come on – giving up when you’re in the middle of a mental breakdown is inhuman. I can’t think of a worse time or place to quit.
That’s the way I see it, but public health quangos instead say it’s a prime time to intervene because they have a powerless captive audience.
They really believe they have a duty to treat one’s smoking as if it was a part of your condition, so are demanding a total outdoor ban.
This goal of health is a joke – since the indoor ban came in, cases of self-harm are up 56%. In America, since outdoor bans came in, violence is up 22% and average duration of detention has increased by nearly 90%. This is interpreted by authorities that we are in a ‘mental health epidemic!’, oblivious to the more likely truth that smoking bans are causing bad behaviour.
Furthermore most patients go back to smoking within 5 days of discharge anyway. Some result….