Give more to peo­ple giv­ing up

Harefield Gazette - - YOUR SAY -

SMOK­ERS in hos­pi­tal who want to quit need the full support of the health pro­fes­sion, says the BMA.

This let­ter is in re­sponse to the Royal Col­lege of Physi­cians’ lat­est re­port on smok­ing ces­sa­tion, Hid­ing in plain sight: treat­ing to­bacco de­pen­dency in the NHS.

While rates of to­bacco use con­tinue to de­cline, al­most one in six adults still smoke.

Smok­ing re­mains the lead­ing cause of pre­ma­ture death in the UK, so it is im­per­a­tive that those who want to stop smok­ing feel fully sup­ported by ad­e­quately funded, tar­geted smok­ing ces­sa­tion ser­vices.

Pa­tients in hos­pi­tals of­ten re­ceive advice and support to quit smok­ing but we must im­prove train­ing and re­sources for health work­ers to en­sure this be­comes a rou­tine part of car­ing for all smok­ers seek­ing NHS ser­vices, par­tic­u­larly for peo­ple with long-term con­di­tions and men­tal health prob­lems. Pro­fes­sor Dame Parveen Ku­mar Chair­man, BMA board of sci­ence

Call to support those who want to quit smok­ing

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