Drop in violence associated with smoke-free policy at psychiatric hospital

6/14/17–New King’s College London research reveals a 39 percent drop in physical assaults — both between patients and towards staff — following the introduction of a smoke-free policy at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM). Published in The Lancet Psychiatry, the study has important implications for the introduction of smoke-free policies, not only in psychiatric hospitals but also in other institutions such as prisons. Read