Nursing and allied health professionals have a vital role in promoting smoking cessation. A brief intervention provided by a health professional can trigger a quit attempt.
Learn how you can help your patient to quit.
Tobacco smoking contributes to more deaths and hospitalisations than alcohol and illicit drug use combined. In fact, tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in Australia and kills one in every two smokers.
There are a number of reasons why brief smoking cessation interventions should be a routine part of practice:
Why should you get involved in smoking cessation?
- As a health professional you are seen as a respected source of health information and are ideally placed to start a conversation about smoking.
- Most smokers want to quit and are looking for help.
- There is evidence that brief advice given by a health professional can help smokers stop smoking successfully.
- There are many one and two-minute occasions that can be used to initiate a short conversation on tobacco-related cessation advice during an appointment.
Training for health professionals
Quit has worked with health professionals to develop a 3-step model (Ask, Advise and Help) that makes it easy to fit smoking cessation into routine practice. If you are not familiar with delivering brief interventions, read about courses available and register for Quit Educator training.
How Quitline can help
You can also provide smoking cessation assistance within the time constraints of a busy practice by referring patients to Quitline.
Quit have worked with consumers and health professionals to develop a range of resources to support smoking cessation. You can order resources online. Examples of resources you can use with your patients:
- Stress cycle of smoking poster that you could place in your waiting room.
- Benefits of quitting poster.
- Appointment cards which have space to write three appointment times on one side and tips for managing cravings on the other.
- Motivational tools – Quit for cash postcard helps people see how much they could save. There is also a youth version.
- Information to support nicotine replacement therapy use.
- Self help material – My quit plan and 4Ds wallet card.
- Tobacco in Australia: Facts and Issues is a comprehensive review of major issues in smoking and health in Australia, compiled by the Cancer Council Victoria.
How to help your patient quit – 3-step intervention model
Smoking is the leading cause of death and disease in Australia. Health professionals play a powerful role in encouraging and helping patients to stop smoking.