2 August 2019

Smoking cessation: Can we do more?

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In this video, Associate Professor John Litt reflects on the current state of smoking cessation in Australia and considers what we can do better

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Joe Kosterich
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18 days 21 hours ago

It is one thing for GPs to engage wth smokers. Equally many have tried current methods and failed. We need to be able to offer something that works. It is time for Australia to follow UK EU NZ and others and support vaping.

c.mendelsohn@unsw.edu.au
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19 days 6 hours ago
This is excellent advice and GPs need to keep engaging with smokers. However, the reality is that 80-95% of quit attempts do not succeed even with treatment and many smokers try and fail repeatedly. Another evidence-based option for smokers who are unable or unwilling to quit is tobacco harm reduction with vaping. Vaping is a much safer alternative to smoking with no more than 5% of the risk (https://bit.ly/244lizV) and a recent high quality RCT found it is almost twice as effective as NRT (https://bit.ly/31tLxAJ). GPs may be asked to provide a nicotine prescription. It is simple and legal to… Read more »
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