Harry is a 60-year-old regular patient who comes in to ask for your advice. He has smoked 20 cigarettes a day for the past 40 years and has never seriously considered giving up smoking before. However, he spoke to his doctor about his smoking last week, and his doctor recommended he talk to you about nicotine replacement therapy products.
One of the biggest preventable causes of death and disease in Australia is tobacco smoking.1 It is a key focus at a national level, with the Australian Government including tobacco control as a key part of its 10-year National Preventive Health Strategy 2021–2030.2 There is a wide range of support available for people who wish to quit smoking. Pharmacists can play an important role in supporting patients to quit smoking,3 along with general practitioners, helplines and online services.4
After reading this article, pharmacists should be able to:
Competency standards: 1.1, 1.4, 1.5, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.5
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