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).
What resources are available?
- Stop smoking clinic leaflets
- Smoking cessation SOP
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
- Cross-sell with other services - blood pressure testing, cholesterol testing and medicine use reviews
How do I start?
1. Check the PSNC Services Database - your PCT 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.