The Stolen Years
In April 2016 ASH published The Stolen Years: Smoking and Mental Health Action Report which highlights the disproportionately high rates of smoking among those with a mental health condition.
Whilst smoking rates have fallen significantly over the last 20 years, they have remained stubbornly high among those with poor mental health and around 1 in 3 cigarettes are currently smoked by someone with a mental health condition.
The report was endorsed by 27 mental health and public health organisations, many of whom have become key Partnership members including The Royal College of Psychiatrists, and Rethink Mental Illness.
The ambition of the report, and of the Partnership, is to reduce smoking rates among people with a mental health condition: to 5% by 2035, with an interim target of 35% by 2020 and it sets out clear recommendations for the action needed to make this a reality.