Successful interventions in smoking cessation

Dr Alex Bobak, GPwSI in smoking cessation from Wandsworth, London, says: "We all know that helping a smoker stop smoking is the best thing we can do for their health. What many of us don't know is that in just 30 seconds we can make the big difference between their success and failure.

Just asking if they smoke, seeing if they'd like to stop and if so signposting and encouraging them to get help from a local trained stop smoking adviser is probably the most powerful brief intervention we can do in General Practice.

The important point is that we don't need to get bogged down in trying to help smokers stop ourselves when there are trained advisers available with the time and expertise to get the best success rates. Our job as GPs is to get our smokers to the advisers as quickly as possible and then to support them with the treatments which they will need."

This video features in the latest Healthcare Republic Webcast – ‘Candid on Camera – a guide to smoking cessation’.  To view the Webcast click here.

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