Published October 16, 2018 at 18:19
Tobacco use remains one of the biggest public health challenges. Statistics show that rates of smoking have declined over the past decades. However, around 18% of adults in England still smoke. In 2013 to 2014, there were over 1.6 million hospital admissions for adults aged 35 and over with a primary diagnosis of a disease that can be caused by smoking; approximately 4,500 admissions per day on average.
Core principles for healthcare professionals
Healthcare professionals should:
- know the needs of individuals, communities and population groups, and the services available
- think about the resources available in health and wellbeing systems
- understand specific activities which can prevent, protect, and promote
Making Every Contact Count (MECC)
Utilise the MECC approach to inspire positive change, and/or directing them where to go for further help where required.
All Our Health
Provides comprehensive information on what Healthcare professionals should provide in terms of information, advice and support around smoking interventions at a community, family and individual level.
Many smokers want to quit but aren’t sure about the best way to go about it.
- NHS Smokefree website offers advice the many different ways to stop smoking, including a self-help app, Facebook groups and links to local stop smoking services