Smoking and nicotine dependence
Studies suggest that up to 70% of mental health service user’s smoke, and commonly smoke heavily (20 or more a day). Many will have smoked for years, and will have tried their best to quit many times. But research also shows that mental health service users are keen to be offered help to quit and can see benefits (see below) to their health and wellbeing if they do. Mental health service users who smoke are not alone, and help is available to them to become ex-smokers.