I really got steamed reading THIS
" The purported beneficial psychiatric effects of smoking is actually
something that has long been known or suspected. It was once routine
policy, I've been told, to supply hospitalized psychiatric patients with
free cigarettes. Thanks to the Nico-Nazis, we have now banned any
smoking whatsoever in psychiatric hospitals to the detriment of
patients. Previously, in-patients had an isolated smoking room within
the unit so they could smoke on their own timetable. Now, patients are
given short furloughs from their wards to go outside to smoke. Those
who are confined to locked units until they stabilize must be escorted
outside by busy staff for whom that task is a last priority."
"We hear from patients that a lot of behavioural issues start because
they've been denied a smoke. Some have smoked for decades and suddenly,
because they need mental health treatment, that's the end of it. They
engage in acting-out behaviour and may end up in seclusion or
restraints, which creates health and safety risks for patients and
"A somewhat different solution is to use electronic or e-cigarettes.
These devices do not contain the chemicals and carcinogens found in
tobacco cigarettes, do not smell or produce second hand smoke. They heat
up liquid containing nicotine and produce water vapour rather than
smoke. According to Melodie Tilson, policy director with the
Non-Smokers' Rights Association quoted in the National Post, there's "virtually no chance an e-cigarette could be as harmful as a tobacco cigarette to the individual using the product."
But, as the National Post pointed out, she is opposed to
them because "We need to look at the bigger picture and their impact on
overall smoking rates. If the widespread promotion of these products,
and availability, causes young people to use them and then transition to
actual cigarettes, that's an increase in harm."!
At this point I KNEW who really needs psychiatric treatment.