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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).

What resources are available?

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.

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.

Last update: 26 October 2015