Health Matters: Stop smoking – what works?

Health Matters: Stop smoking – what works?

Welcome to the latest edition of Health Care, PHE Professional Assistance, which this edition looks at the facilities of smoking routes that are available and documents their effectiveness. It also explores perceptions about nicotine and e-cigarette safety.

Smoking remains the leading cause of preventive diseases and premature death in England. In 2016 alone, 77,900 deaths were estimated to be attributed to smoking, representing 16% of all deaths across the UK.

Our smoking prevalence rates have continued to decline for the past year, and are now recording a low, with 14.9% of people aged eighteen and over who are smokers. Inequalities persist, however, and there are still groups where smoking rates remain defiantly high, as in people in manual occupations and in persons who suffer from severe mental illness.

Creating a smokefree society

Despite a million fewer smokers now than in 2014, 6.1 million adults in England are still subject to tobacco waste. To reduce smoking rates is one of the most important things that we can do to improve our nation’s health as well as reduce cardiovascular disease, respiratory conditions and cancer, which mean people can live longer in better health. It will also save the NHS up to 890 million a year, which is a big sign that smoking places a big burden on the NHS, valued at around £2.5 billion a year.

Therefore, reducing smoking PHE remains one of the priorities and a recently renewed focus on smoking in England. PHE calls for the NHS’s long-term plan to start a smokefree partnership by 2030 with 5% or less of the adult population.

Misconceptions around nicotine are a major obstacle

In England, about 60% of smokers want to quit, 10% of which are intending to do so within 3 months. Currently, about half of all smokers in England attempt to quit using voluntary power alone, although this procedure is not always effective. Getting help can greatly increase a person’s chances of successfully quitting.

There is widespread deception among smokers and health professionals that most of the bad smoke comes from nicotine. This is perhaps the biggest obstacle that leads to nicotine therapy (NRT) and perceived harmful e-cigarettes and, consequently, that smokers can’t make a quit attempt by using one of these routes.

Leading health care organizations, including the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of General Physicians, and the British Medical Association have all provided major roles in helping smokers to abandon e-cigarettes.

However, while nicotine is an addictive substance in cigarettes, it is relatively harmless and almost completely harmful to thousands of other chemicals found in tobacco smoke, many of which are poisonous. Furthermore, NRT is a safe and licensed form of treatment to use during pregnancy and cardiovascular disease.

Stop smoking support options and effectiveness

This edition of Safety Matters presents stop smoking aid options, which are available in order of effectiveness.

There is clear evidence that the most effective way to quit smoking is with expertise in behavioral support from local smoking services Couples Stop Smoking Assistance, including tablets, Varenicline and Bupropion prescriptions, NRT and e-cigarettes. The smokers, who receive this burden of support, attempt to retire four times more successfully than those who attempt to leave the NRT without a counter.

In this edition of the Health Care Laws you will discover more roles that diverse roles can play in helping smokers to quit and helping in the ambition of making England a smokefree nation by 2030. Acting England calls for action;

  • pharmacy teams
  • primary care
  • secondary care
  • mental health services
  • maternity services
  • local authorities
  • committing to clinical group
  • local stop smoking service

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