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  • Smoking Cessation and Mental Health: A briefing for front-line staff

    For people with mental illness who smoke, stopping smoking will have the greatest impact on their health than any other behaviour change.

    This briefing is aimed at those who work in a mental health setting and gives expert, concise guidance on how to deliver Very Brief Advice (VBA+) to patients who smoke.

    People who have a serious mental illness are at greater risk of a range of medical conditions compared to the general population. The high rates of smoking in this
    population exacerbate these health inequalities. The greatest impact on the health of people with mental illness who smoke will come from the routine provision
    of smoking cessation support.