Mental illness is very debilitating.
The effects are sometimes lessened by smoking which, for some patients, is a form of relaxation in an otherwise alien world from which they are retreating in some cases only for a while. Others are not so lucky.
They are destined to spend years, and sometimes a lifetime, in the care of a mental institution.
I ask Health Minister Micheál Martin to allow these patients the small
comfort of a smoke to help them get through the day.
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