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53rd Maudsley Debate: To ban or not to ban smoking in psychiatric hospitals?

Denmark Hill Campus, Main IoPPN Building, SE5 8AF, Wolfson Lecture Theatre
11/11/2015 (18:00-21:00)

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This house believes that smoking should be banned in psychiatric hospitals.

Chair: Professor Anthony Cleare

For: Professor Sir Simon Wessely, president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Ms Deborah Arnott, CEO of ASH (Action on Smoking and Health)

Against: Mr Christopher Snowdon, author and freelance journalist @Sectioned_, service user and (micro)blogger


18.00–18.30: Refreshments
18.30–19.45: Debate
19.45–21.00: Reception  

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The debate will take place in the Wolfson Lecture Theatre. When the lecture theatre becomes full, the Robin Murray A and B rooms will be used where attendees will be able to watch the debate live on screen.

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