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Healthcare professionals working within the primary care environment have long been advising people to stop smoking.

Just visiting a GP can prompt people to quit smoking. It is estimated that around 20% of smokers will go on to make a quit attempt in a 6-month period following a GP visit. Giving advice to quit on medical grounds (e.g. ‘You need to stop smoking to reduce your risk of having another heart attack’) significantly increases the frequency of quit attempts by approximately 24%. Making an offer of treatment (e.g. offering a referral to a smoking cessation programme or a prescription for a smoking cessation medicine), regardless of assessing readiness to quit, motivates an additional 40-60% of people to give quitting a go. With some 80% of the population visiting a GP each year a simple offer of treatment can have a large impact.

Healthcare professionals working within the primary care environment have long been advising people to stop smoking.

Just visiting a GP can prompt people to quit smoking. It is estimated that around 20% of smokers will go on to make a quit attempt in a 6-month period following a GP visit. Giving advice to quit on medical grounds (e.g. ‘You need to stop smoking to reduce your risk of having another heart attack’) significantly increases the frequency of quit attempts by approximately 24%. Making an offer of treatment (e.g. offering a referral to a smoking cessation programme or a prescription for a smoking cessation medicine), regardless of assessing readiness to quit, motivates an additional 40-60% of people to give quitting a go. With some 80% of the population visiting a GP each year a simple offer of treatment can have a large impact.

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