G, Regina (on the Application of) v Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust: Admn 20 May 2008

The applicants were detained at Rampton. The form of detention denied the access to space in which they would be able to smoke cigarettes to comply with the law.
Held: The claim failed. The legislative objectives were sufficiently serious to support as rational the imposition of the rules. Having a mental illness is not a ‘status’ within human rights law. ‘there could be cases, though on the evidence we would expect them to be rare, in which the protection of mental health requires that facilities to smoke be made available. As the ECHR stated in Bensaid, mental health is associated with moral integrity and respect for mental stability may engage article 8. The Rampton policy document does provide for exceptions, though they appear to be of narrow ambit. A terminally-ill patient may not be able to venture outside. The expression ‘acute psychiatric condition’ is defined, with respect, imprecisely, as may be inevitable, but it does confer a discretion upon the responsible medical staff.’


Pill LJ, Silber J


[2008] EWHC 1096 (Admin), Times 28-May-2008, [2008] ACD 80, (2008) 11 CCL Rep 620, [2009] PTSR 218, [2008] UKHRR 788, [2008] MHLR 150, [2008] HRLR 42




Smoke-free (Exemption & Vehicles) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/765), Human Rights Act 1998, European Convention on Human Rights, Health Act 2007


England and Wales


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Updated: 09 August 2022; Ref: scu.267979