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Pharmacy guide to smoking cessation consultations

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This learning resource outlines best practice for pharmacy consultations on smoking cessation to support patient-centred decisions relating to the initiation of nicotine replacement therapy.
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Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in England​[1]​. Rates of smoking increased by 25% among people aged 18–34 years in England during the first COVID-19 lockdown​[2]​. This resource outlines how pharmacists and pharmacy teams can support patients with smoking cessation through effective consultations and advice on nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).

Step 1: Initiate  the consultation
Step 2: Is the patient willing to quit?
Step 3: Assess patient history
Step 4: Advise
Step 5: Close the consultation

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The Pharmaceutical Journal, PJ, October 2021, Vol 307, No 7954;307(7954)::DOI:10.1211/PJ.2021.1.109105

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