Helping individual smokers to stop

Helen Poole, Hazel Dixon and Keir E. Lewis

in Smoking Cessation

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ISBN: 9780199556250
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607327 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Respiratory Medicine Library

Helping individual smokers to stop

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• All health professionals should enquire if their patients smoke and be able to offer basic advice. • All health professionals should know how to refer patients to their local specialist stop smoking services (if the smoker is keen) rather than relying on the smoker to do so. • Different intensities of intervention are available, with a clear dose–response effect—depending on the skill and time constraints of the heath professional. • Various psychological approaches for behavioural support are used; all are empathic, and build on their motivation to quit to make the smoker more optimistic about a quit attempt. • Behavioural support combined with pharmacotherapy is currently the most effective approach, achieving 20% to 30% sustained 1-yr quit rates, resulting in low ‘numbers needed to treat’ compared to most other health interventions. • Follow-up sessions are crucial.

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Subjects: Respiratory Medicine and Pulmonology

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