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Smoking Cessation

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Ministry of Health Tobacco Health Target Update.
"90 percent of PHO enrolled patients who smoke have been offered help to quit smoking by a health care practitioner in the last 15 months."

Cessation advice should be given at every opportunity. Updating and documenting smoking status should be done on a regular basis:

A: ASK about and document smoking status for all people Read codes.

B: Give BRIEF clear advice. Ensure to document that advice was provided. Key Message.

C: Refer for CESSATION and provide support. Offer NRT an: Refer for CESSATION and provide support. Offer NRT and other cessation tools as below.

Cessation Management therapy:

  1. Recognise and address why people smoke and the barriers to quitting.

  2. Medications:

  • NRT (nicotine replacement therapy)
  • NRT should be considered safe in all people who smoke.
  • Use enough NRT products to relieve withdrawal symptoms. Double patching is OK
  • Use a combination of products in high dependency smokers - this is safe and increases the odds of quitting.
  • A longer course of treatment can be used.

        Prescription medications Bupropion (Zyban), Varenicline (Champix)

  • Consider the combined use of bupropion and NRT in patients struggling to cease with either method alone and in those at particularly high risk from smoking. Studies show this can increase smoking cessation success compared to the use of either method alone, without significant interactions.

3.  Behavioural support:ort e.g., Quitline, local Aukati Kai Paipa service

Click here for additional information is available in the New Zealand Smoking Cessation Guidelines


Last updated : Friday, July 29, 2016
Next review date : Saturday, July 29,2017

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