Stopping smoking is associated with considerable health benefits and large numbers of smokers want to quit. However, concern about weight gain is one of the reasons people often give for not being able to quit smoking. It often reinforces the decision to continue smoking, particularly in women and young people who may mistakenly believe that smoking is an effective way to control their weight. Even if an individual successfully quits smoking, weight gain can often be the factor that causes relapse. What can we do to help?
Most smokers want to stop smoking and intend to stop at some point, according to research. Nearly half of all smokers expect not to be smoking in a year's time, but only two to three in every hundred actually stop smoking permanently each year. It is widely recognised that healthcare professionals have an important role to play in helping patients to stop smoking, but what is the best way to achieve this?
Although substantial concerns have been raised previously about the neuropsychiatric safety of varenicline and bupropion, a new study shows that these popular aids to quitting smoking do not put patients at increased risk.
New research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress in September has shown for the first time that e-cigarettes with nicotine cause a stiffening of the arteries which is associated with an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes in later life.
The use of electronic cigarettes has been marked by huge growth in sales and ongoing controversy over their value in helping smokers to quit. This article originally published on our sister title – the Primary Care Cardiovascular Journal, discusses some of the key issues for primary healthcare professionals on this new technology.
Helping people who smoke to quit is one of the most important steps we can take in reducing their risk of cardiovascular disease, in addition to reducing the other harms caused by smoking.
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Stories in this Evidence in Practice include:
- Health survey for England, 2016: The good and the bad news
- Healthy lifestyle changes have a long-term benefit for type 2 diabetes prevention
- Weight loss diets reduce the risk of premature death for people with obesity
- Very low calorie diet can achieve a remission of Type 2 Diabetes
- Dash diet plus sodium reduction lowers systolic blood pressure
- Long-term follow-up underscores benefits of lowering LDL-C in CVD primary prevention
- Blood pressure self-monitoring is more effective with professional support
- AF and other chronic conditions = higher risk of death
- Clinical trials underestimate the real-world impact of Atherosclerotic CVD
- The burden of heart failure continues to rise in the UK
A regular podcast from NICE focuses on quitting smoking in its latest episode. The latest podcast in the ‘NICE Talks’ series features Martin Dockrell who is the Tobacco Control Programme Lead from Public Health England and who has been part of the team developing NICE guidance on smoking prevention.