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Public Health England guilty of "discrimination"

Thu 4th June, 2015

Forest has accused Public Health England of discriminating against mental health patients. 
 
Responding to new guidance from PHE to reduce smoking rates among patients in mental health units, Simon Clark, director of Forest, said:
 
"Smoking is not just about health, although many smokers believe it helps reduce stress and anxiety. If some mental health patients enjoy smoking why should they be denied that pleasure?
 
"Public Health England has no right to deny people choice. Who are they to dictate whether or not a mental health patient can smoke a product that is legally available to every other adult in Britain?
 
"What PHE is proposing is discrimination. It will target unfairly a group of people who, being dependent on others, have no alternative but to comply."
 

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