Smoking cessation: practical resources for health professionals
We have created a central resources hub for Health Professionals which hosts all of our CRUK resources and further materials to help with managing the pandemic. We are updating the information as guidance changes. There is also a page specifically for patients on our about cancer hub.
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30-min CPD e-learning on the essentials of smoking cessation & how to deliver effective VBA to promote behaviour change (free to register).
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COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect people's lungs and airways. Emerging evidence suggest people who smoke are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 infection. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the #QuitforCovid campaign was launched early 2020. Continue to have supportive discussions with patients about how to stop smoking, referr to stop smoking services where available and provide prescription medication.
Primary health professionals play an important role in smoking cessation because you are ideally placed to advise people how to quit and about the support options available to them.
Explore the evidence, complete the training and find practical tools and resources to support your patient conversations.
Effective cessation interventions
There are several interventions to help people stop smoking. Different cessation tools, including prescribed medication, nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and e-cigarettes, will work better for different individuals, but we know that quit attempts are more likely to be successful with behavioural support.
Visit our e-cigarette hub for health professionals. Explore the evidence, FAQs, expert opinions and latest guidance around e-cigarettes, including a video and podcast on the RCGP official position on the role of e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation aid (in partnership with CRUK, updated 2017).
We have a range of useful free e-learning courses to help your clinical practice.
Practical information and support
We have a range of useful information to help your clinical practice.
Campaign and patient resources
This years STOPOBER campaign has launched for 2020.
This year’s Stoptober will carry the new ‘Better Health’ branding which has been created to support a national health reset moment and responds to new challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it’s had on people’s health behaviours. The campaign will focus on two distinct audiences who we know from our research have different views and motivations toward making a quit attempt: a primary audience of smokers aged 35 to 60 and a secondary audience of younger smokers aged 18 to 34 (both focusing on C2DE socio-economic groups).
The campaign will comprise two key phases of activity: a ‘rally’ phase which will take place towards the end of September and aims to encourage and prepare smokers to make a quit attempt on 1 October, followed by a ‘support’ phase designed to help them sustain their quit attempt throughout the month.
The #QuitforCovid campaign launched in early 2020 in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. COVID-19 is a new illness caused by a virus that can affect people’s lungs and airways. Symptoms of COVID-19 include a cough, a high temperature and shortness of breath. There are some groups of people who may be more at risk of serious illness if they catch coronavirus, including older people, people with long term health conditions and people who are immunosuppressed. Emerging evidence suggests people who smoke are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 infection.
You should continue to have supportive discussions with patients about how to stop smoking, referring to stop smoking services where available and providing prescription medication.
Very Brief Advice training in your practice
The Health Professional Engagement Facilitator team at Cancer Research UK engage with primary care to improve cancer outcomes for patients across the UK. The Facilitators can offer training for healthcare professionals and non-clinical staff on delivery of VBA for smoking cessation. This training can take place within the GP practice. If you are interested in getting in contact with your local Facilitator, please get in touch.
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