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No Smoking Day

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Every year, No Smoking Day encourages smokers to give up their cigarette habit, and pharmacists are ideally placed to advise people how to quit and the treatments they can use to help them. Read The Pharmaceutical Journal's special report on smoking cessation and transform your patients’ health today.

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Smokers who swap cigarettes for e-cigarettes or NRT have lower carcinogen levels

E-cigarettes and nicotine replacement therapy are less toxic and safer if used instead of conventional cigarettes, according to research published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Smokers sent personalised letters are more likely to take up cessation services


Research suggests that sending smokers personalised information about their health risks could increase the uptake of and adherence to smoking cessation services.

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Inadequate funding hampers research into chronic obstructive pulmonary diseaseSubscription


A lack of funding for research into chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as well as difficulties in conducting clinical trials, make finding new treatments for this respiratory condition challenging. But there are glimmers of hope, such as reversing steroid resistance and identifying subpopulations of patients in order to speed up clinical trials.

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Study finds direct association between e-cigarette use and successful quitting


Electronic cigarettes are helping people who want to quit smoking to successfully kick the habit, according to a study on the population impact of e-cigarettes on quit rates.

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Pharmacies selling e-cigarettes illegally

Pharmacies are making illegal sales of e-cigarettes and vaping liquids to people under the age of 18, according to a report published by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. 

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Smokers should be encouraged to switch to e-cigarettes, urges UK doctors bodySubscription

Healthcare professionals should encourage smokers to switch their tobacco cigarettes for e-cigarettes because vaping is much safer than smoking, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) says in a new report.

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Study provides reassuring data on neuropsychiatric side effects of smoking cessation drugsSubscription


Smoking cessation medicines varenicline and bupropion do not increase the incidence of moderate or severe neuropsychiatric adverse events, compared with nicotine patches or placebo, according to new research.

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Pregnant women who quit smoking likely to relapse after childbirthSubscription


Pregnant women who successfully quit smoking with the help of a smoking cessation intervention are highly likely to relapse once the baby is born, new research has shown.

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Abrupt smoking cessation is the most effective way, research suggestsSubscription


Smokers who quit ‘cold turkey’ are more likely to stop longer term compared to those who give up gradually, a study has found.

Researchers have questioned the effectiveness of some smoking cessation drugs after they found there was no significant difference in quit rates. In the image, doctor puts on a nicotine patch on a patient

Researchers question relative effectiveness of smoking cessation drug therapiesSubscription


Researchers have questioned the effectiveness of some smoking cessation drugs after they found there was no difference in abstinence rates between three different therapies.

Research briefing

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Pharmacy smoking cessation advisers feel underpaid and ill-preparedSubscription

Smoking cessation advisers report a lack of interpersonal skills to deal with smokers and say they are not paid enough by the NHS to provide the service.

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Maternal smoking increases schizophrenia risk in offspringSubscription

Risk of schizophrenia increased by 38% for babies with greatest exposure to cotinine.

Female smokers are more vulnerable than men to the serious health outcomes of smoking. But women are less successful than men at quitting

Varenicline addresses gender gap in smoking cessation rates for women Subscription

Ordinarily, women have poorer smoking quit rates than men but a new analysis of data shows that the drug varenicline could tackle this issue.


Using community pharmacies to improve smoking cessation rates in Hywel DdaSubscription


Smoking is the biggest preventable cause of ill health in the UK. Although overall death rates from smoking are falling, it continues to be a burden on the health of our population in Hywel Dda, Pembrokeshire, Wales. Apart from causing ill health in people, smoking also places a great ...

Impact of a pharmacist-led asthma and COPD respiratory clinic in general practiceSubscription

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Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) continue to account for a large burden of disease in the UK. Despite comprehensive guidelines, more than 1,000 people die from asthma each year and COPD accounts for a leading cause of emergency admissions in the UK. In a joint initiative between NHS City and Hackney clinical commissioning group and the local tertiary centre for respiratory disease Barts Health NHS Trust, asthma and COPD reviews were undertaken by a specialist ...


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E-cigarettes in smoking cessation: a harm reduction perspectiveSubscription

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Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are novel devices that simulate aspects of cigarette smoking and deliver nicotine to users. Evidence for their efficacy in smoking cessation, based on several randomised controlled trials of older devices, suggests a modest effect. They appear to be far less harmful than tobacco smoking, but the health effects of long-term use are unknown. Possible adverse population effects of widespread e-cigarette use, such as renormalising smoking ...


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Pharmacists must retain healthy scepticism about e-cigarettesSubscription


Why e-cigarettes must not divert our focus from nicotine prevention and cessation.

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