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Smoking: NHS Residential Care

Volume 691: debated on Wednesday 25 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What restrictions on the right to smoke cigarettes apply in the case of mentally confused persons who reside on a permanent basis in residential care facilities managed by the National Health Service either directly or indirectly through sub-contractors. [HL3248]

The Smoke-free (Exemptions and Vehicles) Regulations 2007 set out how the smoke-free provisions within the Health Act 2006 (c.28) will apply to mental health units. In addition to requirements set out in smoke-free regulations, mental health units may wish to implement their own policies on smoking on a voluntary basis.