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Smoking Cessation Intervention for severe Mental Ill Health Trial: a randomised evaluation of a bespoke smoking cessation service (SCIMITAR)


There are no quit smoking services for people with mental health. The aim of this service is it help people to cut down smoking until they are ready to quit.

The intention is to see whether a bespoke smoking cessation programme run by a mental health practitioner is more effective than usual care to help people with severe mental health issues quit smoking. The cost effectiveness of such a program will also be analysed as a secondary outcome.

What is involved?

Following the initial meeting with the researcher where participants will be required to complete questionnaires and have some measurements taken, participants will be randomised into one of two groups:

  • Participants will receive visits from smoking cessation practitioners in addition to their usual GP care.

  • Participants will only continue to receive their usual GP care.    

Inclusion Criteria:

  • ≥18 years old

  • With a severe mental illness diagnosed by a specialist psychiatric service and documented in their notes (Bipolar, first episode psychosis or Psycho-Affective disorder)    

  • Currently smoking and interested in cutting down or quitting


Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding - any participant who becomes pregnant during the trial will be removed from the trial

  • Co-morbid drug or alcohol problems (as ascertained by GP or mental health worker)


To refer potential participants or to request further information, please contact the research team: 


Tel: 023 8047 5943