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Smoking Cessation

Smoking is the greatest single preventable cause of disease and premature death in the UK. As a result, reducing smoking prevalence is an important part of many government strategies to improve health.

Smoking cessation rates remain poor in minority and disadvantaged social groups, and the primary care nurse has a vital role to play in helping people to quit and tackle health inequalities.

Smoking cessation is the key to preventing so many other illness and burdens on the NHS.

Further reading below:

  • First Module - Good reasons for patients to quit smoking
  • Second Module - A positive approach to brief interventions with smokers 

The Smoking cessation CPD Programme is sponsored by Novartis - Nicotinell


For over 15 years, Nicotinell® (nicotine) has provided a well tolerated therapy that doubles smokers' chances of stopping smoking.  The Nicotinell® TTS® patch provides a constant delivery of nicotine to alleviate cravings throughout the day and to combat withdrawal first thing in the morning.  Nicotinell® gum is available in 4 flavours, and offers a sugar free product, with a crispy shell that helps relieve cravings when they occur.  The Nicotinell® lozenge offers a mint oral alternative available in regular and extra strength.