September 8, 2017

Lung Foundation Australia encourages people to Quit4october

Smoking remains the single greatest preventable cause of death and disability in Australia and despite the steady decline in smoking rates since the early 1970s, 3 million Australians (nearly 16% of the national adult population) continue to smoke tobacco.

Lung Foundation Australia’s QUIT4October initiative is a month long smoking cessation program which aims to help people quit smoking, with the help of their healthcare professional. Research shows people who achieve being smoke-free over one month are at least five times more likely to quit for good. [i]

The QUIT4october campaign encourages smokers to get on board and discuss a personalised smoking cessation program with their health professional.

So how can a healthcare professional help?

It is important to start the quit conversation and advise anyone who smokes to quit in a clear, personalised non-confrontational way. Best-practice treatment for smoking cessation is using a combination of behavioural counselling and pharmacotherapy including:

  • Behavioural counselling motivates the individual by educating them on practical quitting skills and providing ongoing support.
  • Pharmacotherapy eases the physical discomfort of nicotine withdrawal and reduces cravings and is recommended for all nicotine-dependent smokers who are ready to quit.

This best practice treatment produces quit rates of 22 – 32 % varying on the intensity of treatment in comparison to 3 – 5 % quit rate for an unaided quit attempt.

Encourage your patients who smoke to sign up and QUIT4october and ensure they have access to support during an often challenging journey to quit smoking.

Find out more or encourage them to register at: http://quit4october.com.au/

References

[i] West R., Stapleton J. Clinical and public health significance of treatments to aid smoking cessation. Eur Respir Rev 2008; 17: 110, 199–204. DOI: 10.1183/09059180.00011.

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