18 July 2017
“Premature mortality is preventable. Most of the stolen years we can prevent are due to smoking, with people's final years wrecked by stroke, heart and lung diseases as well as cancer. “We have made progress with smoke-free psychiatric inpatient wards but we struggle to get the right support for people with SMI to quit smoking in the community.
"We call for central government to insist that local authorities stop cutting back on funding for local NHS Stop Smoking Services (SSS). It is not a saving to have 40% smoking rates among people with SMI: the human cost in life and death, and the cost to health services greatly exceed the money saved by cutting SSS."