Summary 1

The educational resource outlines the key messages regarding smoking cessation and the importance of delivering brief interventions among healthcare professionals. GPs should take the opportunity to advise all patients who smoke to quit when they attend a consultation. Those who want to stop should be offered a referral to an intensive support service (for example, Stop Smoking Wales). If they are unwilling or unable to accept referral they should be offered pharmacotherapy, in line with NICE technology appraisal guidance no. 39, and additional support. The smoking status of those who are not ready to stop should be recorded and reviewed with the individual once a year, where possible. (NICE, 2006)