A survey-based study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Ontario, Canada offers good news for those attempting to ban tobacco use in mental health facilities.
“Over the course of the study, patient and staff attitudes became increasingly positive, and episodes of aggression decreased significantly,” says Dr. Tony George, senior author of the study and Chief of CAMH’s Addiction Division. Dr. George also heads the Biobehavioural Addictions and Concurrent Disorders Research Laboratory in CAMH’s Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute, and is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. “Going tobacco-free can make it a better place to be a patient and a staff member,” he adds.
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