Smoking cessation should be every nurse's business

Community practitioners are in an ideal position to actively encourage patients to stop smoking
Smoking cessation

Community practitioners – practice nurses, midwives and health visitors – are in ideal positions to actively encourage patients to stop smoking

Government cuts to public health budgets have led to only half of local authorities offering all smokers the best support to quit, a recent report from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and Cancer Research UK (CRUK) revealed.

The joint report found 44% of local authorities no longer offer a universal stop smoking service that is available to all smokers, while 3% have cut all smoking cessation service provision.

ASH and CRUK’s research found 22% of local authorities have switched to an integrated lifestyle service model, in which smoking cessation support is included as part of


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