Talking about smoking cessation with respiratory patients
Aims : Many common respiratory diseases are caused or worsened by tobacco smoking and evidence indicates that symptoms, prognosis and quality of life improve upon quitting. Nevertheless, a large number of people living with a lung condition continue to smoke because they do not want to quit, or have found it difficult to do so.Smoking cessation offers many positive health benefits for the individual. A smoker’s carbon monoxide levels return to normal within a day of quitting, while long-term benefits include improved lung function and longer life expectancy. In order to support more people with a lung condition to quit successfully, healthcare professionals in primary and secondary care must be equipped to discuss smoking cessation with their respiratory patients. Although many healthcare professionals find it difficult to approach the topic of smoking cessation with their patients, and many patients struggle to find the self-confidence and motivation to quit, a focus on positive health and social benefits within smoking cessation discussions offers an empowering approach to support patients to quit. Incorporating both professional and patient perspectives, this session will explore current evidence of what interventions are most effective in helping respiratory patients to stop smoking, how to employ positive messaging, and how smoking cessation can be approached with smokers who find it difficult to quit with standard methods.
Target audience :
Pulmonologist, Emergency medicine doctor, Respiratory therapist, Respiratory physician, Researcher, General practitioner, Nurse, Trainee, Allied health professional