Tobacco smoking reduction and cessation

South LondonMental Health
Start Date: 1 Jan 2014

Tobacco smoking reduction and cessation


This project aims to establish how best to help people who have experienced the symptoms of psychosis to stop smoking permanently and thus improve their physical and mental health. Smoking prevalence in mental health patients is up to three times greater than in the general population and higher in mental health inpatient settings compared to community settings.

The project team worked with health professionals and managers at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) in their move to become smoke-free (on 1 October 2014) in line with NICE guidance.


The study aims to develop a clinical care pathway for tobacco dependence in psychosis services and to improve the infrastructure to enable us to implement a care pathway. It also aims to develop bespoke training packages and pilot their implementation and evaluation in a pilot RCT in two inpatient and community sites in South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

Professor Ann McNeill