Forty- four percent of cigarettes purchased, are by persons with serious mental illness. This population dies approximately twenty- five years earlier than the general population. In 1993, American hospitals were mandated to become smokefree. At that time, psychiatric facilities requested variances amid concerns that their patients may present adverse behaviors due to nicotine withdrawal. Within the last five years, smoking bans have become more prevalent, resulting in many psychiatric facilities adhering to a no smoking policy. The Owatonna Mental Health Unit at the Owatonna hospital currently has a variance to allow smoking breaks for their mentally ill inpatients.
Research Questions: Are there adverse effects or negative behaviors among mentally ill inpatients when there is a smoking ban in psychiatric institutions? What are best practices for good outcomes for smoking cessation for mentally ill smokers?
Date of Degree
Other Capstone Project
Master of Social Work (MSW)
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Warring, S. (2012). Mental Health Inpatient Hospitalization and Smoking Cessation [Master’s capstone project, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/572/
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