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From the early days, Exminster Hospital patients were encouraged to work in such departments as the farm, laundry, kitchen, and gardens and some were 'paid' in tobacco.

Patients who did not work and smoked were given cigarettes and tobacco periodically throughout the day by the nurses because if they were given a packet, would smoke it all at once! Plus, for safety reasons some were not allowed to carry matches or lighters.

Initially, smoking was allowed freely throughout the wards but as time went on and people became aware of the diseases caused by smoking, designated rooms - smoking rooms - were allocated.