"Smoking in my Home"

About: Broadmoor Hospital

(as the patient),

I feel I should be allowed to smoke in what will be my home for the foreseeable future. When I first arrived at Broadmoor I was forced to go cold-turkey from my smoking habit. By law there is nothing to stop me – an adult with capacity to make unwise decisions (even if cigarettes or even E-cigarettes could be harmful).

E. cigarettes in the garden is all I hope to be able to smoke. I feel like I am being treated like a child.

They help me release stress. Help to relieve depression. Physically they help to reduce appetite and reduce chances of diabetes. In prison according to inside times there was a 50% increase of attacks on staff when prisoners were stopped smoking.

They have been approved by the medical devices council.

Prisoners can now smoke… why not me?

This is my home for the foreseeable future.


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Response from Terry Fegan, Nurse Consultant, Broadmoor Hospital, West London Mental Health NHS Trust

Dear Brave 865

Many thanks for your posting. I appreciate the experience of stopping smoking so suddenly must have been difficult. Smoking in hospitals was stopped following government legislation passed in 2006 that required all hospitals to go smoke free.

As far as e-cigarettes are concerned, there is currently mixed evidence in relation to the safety of e-cigarettes. The hospital will certainly keep up to date with emerging evidence of these products but currently there are no plans in place to introduce these products to the hospital.

In relation to going ’cold turkey’ please speak with your clinical team about prescribed Nicotine Replacement Therapy Products which are available and may help.

If you would like to talk about this further I am more than happy to meet with you.

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