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a no smoking sign imageJune 28 2018

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

Around 70% of smokers access stop smoking services through their pharmacy. 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. 

“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 Scottish Government’s updated five-year Tobacco Control Plan. 

It is now 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.”

Among the plan’s other recommendations are:

  • pharmacy window poster campaigns should continue on an annual basis each January to raise awareness of free, local support to quit through community pharmacies;
  • smokers who wish to make an attempt with support from NHS services through the use of electronic cigarettes should not be turned away;
  • as many community pharmacies sell e-cigarettes to smokers seeking NHS support, guidance for pharmacists about e-cigarettes would be helpful.

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

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