A patient has launched a High Court human rights test case over a ban on smoking at Rampton high security hospital.
Terrence Grimwood was one of a number of detained patients to complain about the ban at Rampton Hospital, Retford, Nottinghamshire, which came into force in March.
He accuses Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, which manages the hospital, of violating his right to respect for his private and home life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
The trust’s anti-smoking policy covers both hospital buildings and grounds at Rampton.
The average length of stay at Rampton is eight years, with some spending the rest of their lives at the hospital.
The ban coincides with the introduction of a general prohibition on smoking on public premises which takes effect on July 1 under the 2006 Health Act.