Stub it out! Support your customers to quit smoking this Stoptober.
October is the perfect month to support your customers to finally quit smoking, as from the 1st to the 31st it is recognised as the month long health awareness event, Stoptober.
People who make it to day 28 smoke free are well on their way to quitting for good and with your support, they are more likely to beat this addictive habit.
Quitting smoking can be a daunting thought and for many people the difficulty is knowing where to start. In pharmacy, you are in the ideal setting to deliver a Smoking Cessation Service and offer a range of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products of different strengths and formats to support them through the various stages of their quit period, and if appropriate supply of varenicline (Champix) or bupropion (Zyban) via a PGD.
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.
Setting up a Smoking Cessation Service
Smoking cessation is a support driven category which is why pharmacy is in such a strong position to help patients overcome their addiction. Whilst products may be cheaper and more accessible in a supermarket, customers aren’t able to access the advice available to them in a pharmacy. One to one support will go a long way, particularly with those just starting out.
We provide a number of resources to help you set up your service including, downloadable GP letters, SOPs, implementation checklists, staff work books and marketing to promote your service.
You also have access to PharmaDoctor, where as a Numark member, you can save 10% off Smoking Cessation PGDs.