Smoking Cessation

Smoking is the single most preventable cause of disease and death in the UK with more than 120,000 people dying each year as a direct result of smoking.

  • 21% of the UK population smoke
  • 66% of smokers want to quit and half of these are ready to quit

Smoking cessation pilot schemes have shown that when a patient is offered support quit rates rise to around 20% on average, compared to around 2-3% success rate without support.

Community pharmacists are ideally placed to support patients with a smoking cessation service and provide nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and if appropriate supply of varenicline (Champix) or bupropion (Zyban) via a  PGD.

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Why offer this service?

  • Improve sales of OTC smoking cessation products.
  • Increase adherence to prescription smoking cessation medication.
  • Build customer loyalty.
  • Create an additional revenue stream.

Setting up your Smoking Cessation Service

We provide a number of downloadable resources to help you set up your service including:

Smoking cessation service client satisfaction survey

Smoking cessation service template certificate

Smoking cessation GP letter Varenicline via PGD

Smoking cessation service GP implementation letter

Smoking cessation service GP varenicline initial request

Smoking cessation service implementation checklist

Smoking cessation service SOP v4

Smoking cessation service patient enrolment form

Smoking cessation service personal health guide and smoking diary

Smoking cessation service consultation structure

Smoking cessation dependence questionnaire

Smoking cessation client record form

Smoking Cessation Service - staff workbook

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How do I start?

1. Check the PSNC Services Database - your CCG may commission your smoking cessation service.

2. Talk to your local GPs:

Tell them you are going to start a smoking cessation service. Remember, they can refer patients to your service.

3. Encourage your counter staff to talk to customers and recommend the service.

Related links

NHS Choices - stop smoking advice

PSNC - services database