The latest on smoking cessation in community pharmacy – Chemist+Druggist

Over seven million adults in England are still smoking, and the toll it takes is severe. The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics estimate there were 79,000 smoking-related deaths in 2015.

The resulting burden on the NHS is huge: in England, smoking causes 475,000 hospital admissions and costs the NHS £2 billion every year.

There is good news, though. An estimated one million people have stopped smoking for good since stop smoking services were rolled out in England in 2000, and community pharmacies have played a huge role in this health success story, not least by taking part in Stoptober – an awareness month run by Public Health England (PHE) throughout October to encourage smokers to quit. As this year’s campaign gains momentum, C+D rounds up the latest in this product category.

PHE backs e-cigarettes

New data from a University College of London (UCL) report shows quit rates are at their highest for 10 years: up to 20% for the first six months of this year, and higher than the average for the last 10 years (16%).

The UCL report claims electronic, or e-cigarettes, are

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