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a no smoking sign imageJune 28 2018

General practice can expect to see support to help improve smoker quit rates, the Scottish Government has indicated.

Its updated Tobacco Control Plan says tobacco control services need to “reach out” to primary care to ensure GPs, dentists, mid wives and other professionals are informed and connected. “For example, many health professionals will not yet be familiar with the benefits of newer pharmacological products which could be more effective than traditional NRT for most smokers.”

Data from the ‘NHS Smoking Cessation Services Scotland 2016/17’ audit indicates that around 23% of people going through a quit attempt are successful for at least 12 weeks. Around 70% of smokers access stop smoking services through their pharmacy. 

“The proportion of successful quits at 12 weeks is higher (at 33%) for those using GP or other specialist services than for those using pharmacy services (18%),” says the Tobacco Control Plan. It is encouraging NHS Boards and partners to continue to adopt a shared-care approach where the pharmacological component of the specialist support is provided through community pharmacy.

“This sort of move will help integrate the support being made available. Integration such as this may help narrow the gap in terms of likely successful quitting between specialist services and pharmacy-only quit attempts. Currently a smoker is around twice as likely to succeed in a quit attempt through a specialist service than through pharmacy-only support. We will continue to work to close that outcome gap.” 

The plan also recognises the increasing use of e-cigarettes by smokers to help give up tobacco. Smokers who wish to make a quit attempt with support from NHS services through the use of electronic cigarettes should not be turned away, it says.

Links:
Scottish Government announcement    
Scottish Government ‘Raising Scotland's Tobacco-free Generation: our tobacco control action plan 2018’             

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