Harold, a 68–year–old man who regularly visits your pharmacy, has come in today to have a new prescription dispensed for isosorbide mononitrate controlled–release 60 mg tablets (one daily) for recent episodes of angina. Harold isn’t happy. He tells you his wife and his GP want him to quit smoking because of his heart. However, when he has tried to quit in the past it was too hard, he believes it is because he has been smoking for too long. He has a 40 pack–year history. Harold knows smoking isn’t good for his health and would like to stop but finds the habit too hard to break.
When counselling him on his prescription, what advice would you give to encourage him to consider quitting smoking again?
After successful completion of this CPD activity, pharmacists should be able to:
Competency standards addressed (2016): 1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.5, 3.6
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