Widening access to e-cigarettes for people with mental health and/or substance use problems
16:20 - 16:35
Public Health, Policy and Tobacco Harm Reduction
Historically, we have not offered a way out of smoking that appeals to people with a mental health condition and/ substance use problem. We have often excluded them from tobacco control research and indeed, smoking has often been facilitated to reward and punish behaviour. It’s important that we don’t repeat history by excluding these groups from research, but also from the potential vaping has to offer whilst at the same time, managing risks that may arise. Debbie will discuss the evolution of an e-cigarette friendly smoke-policy in mental health and substance use settings over the last 5 years. She will also discuss how smokers are enabled to find the support that’s right for them at what is one of the most difficult times in their lives.
- Dr Deborah Robson Senior Post Doctoral Researcher in Tobacco Addiction - Kings College London
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