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People with mental health problems are more likely to smoke than the general population.

²gether NHS Foundation Trust is committed to helping their service users to get the help and support they need to become smokefree.

On No Smoking Day (Wednesday 14 March) Smokefree Champions manned stands in the main reception of two of our inpatient wards offering advice and guidance to service users, staff and anyone visiting the site about ways to give up smoking. This is part of the ongoing work to help encourage service users to give up smoking.

All inpatient and day services have staff trained on how to approach the topic of smoking reduction, known as Smokefree Champions. Training is provided by the Gloucestershire Smoking Advisory Service.

Inge Jones, Smokefree Champion at ²gether said: “We recognise that some service users have a dependency on nicotine. About half of people with mental illness who smoke want to quit. We are keen to support individuals and promote a healthier lifestyle.”

This year alone has seen 155 referrals from ²gether Smokefree champions to the Gloucestershire Smoking Advisory Service.
Inge continued: “All in-patient users are asked about their smoking habits on admission and offered support and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) for both smoking cessation and smoking reduction.”

Day care and community users are also offered advice about accessing smoking cessation services.