stopping smoking (evidence-based guidance)
There is evidence that helping smokers to stop smoking can be effective and highly cost-effective.
The basic essentials are:
- ASK about tobacco smoking at every opportunity
- ADVISE all smokers to stop smoking
- ASSIST all smokers to stop smoking
- ARRANGE follow up
There is evidence that even brief intervention (2-3 minutes) has a worthwhile effectiveness.
Useful features of intervention are to:
- set a date to stop completely
- review previous attempts to stop smoking - and what helped/hindered
- plan ahead - identify potential problems and strategies to cope
- plan how to handle alcohol drinking situations
- try smoking cessation treatment e.g. nicotine replacement therapy, buproprion
Calculating the number of cigarettes a day (2):
All Wales Medicines Strategy Group. Initial Clinical Management of Adult Smokers in Secondary Care. June 2021.
- British Heart Foundation, Factfile 6/99.
- All Wales Medicines Strategy Group. Initial Clinical Management of Adult Smokers in Secondary Care. June 2021.
Last edited 06/2021 and last reviewed 07/2021