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Mental patients win fight for judicial review on smoking rights


Will this week never end? I am about to do a radio interview on the subject of mental patients winning the right to a judicial review on whether they should be allowed to smoke in the hospital grounds and on "community visits".

Story here.

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Reader Comments (5)

The Geneva Convention said that prisoners of war should be allowed to smoke because of the stress. The same should be said of mental patients.

Friday, May 6, 2011 at 19:08 | Unregistered Commenterchas

Mentally ill patients are vulnerable so that doesn't make it Ok to exploit them "for their own good" and enforce what is an ideology upon them because they are an easy target.

Some self refer themselves to metal health units - how many will ignore than option of help if they believe they'll be persecuted in hospital and stripped of their right to choose - probably one of the few decisions that they are still able to make for themselves and the only control they have in the madness that is mental health "care"

Friday, May 6, 2011 at 19:22 | Unregistered CommenterPat Nurse

I am a big boy and can look after myself. However what I really object to is vulnerable members of society used and abused to be sacrificed at the altar of non smoking. Like war veterans who have earned the right to smoke anywhere reasonably they like, words are inadequate to articulate my disgust and contempt for the anti smokers who wish to score stop the mentally ill smoking.

Friday, May 6, 2011 at 19:47 | Unregistered CommenterDave Atherton

Well said, Dave.

Friday, May 6, 2011 at 22:52 | Unregistered CommenterSmoking Hot

Yes indeed - well said Dave!

Monday, May 9, 2011 at 15:37 | Unregistered CommenterPat Nurse

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