A group of physicians has revealed that the National Health Service (NHS) in England is not taking necessary measures to help people suffering from mental health conditions quit smoking.
According to the Royal College of Physicians, people afflicted with mental health disorders such as depression, are twice more likely to take up smoking and become addicted. But even after that, the NHS has not done the sufficient to help them quit smoking.
The report, assembled by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, highlights that the rate of smoking among the general public, has been considerably reduced over the last 20 years but there is no change in the lives of people suffering from mental health conditions. According to the report, one-third of all cigarettes in England are smoked by people with mental health disorders. The report adds that these suffers are eager to quit smoking like anybody else but they don’t have the necessary support for stop smoking.
The report reveals that nicotine replacement treatments and other common quit smoking therapies are effective but people with mental health problems may be in need of higher dosages for smoking cessation.
Source: bbc.co.uk, Date: 28th March 2013