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Tobacco dependency is a long-term relapsing condition that usually starts in childhood

Knowing how to use Very Brief Advice to instigate a quit attempt and supporting smokers who are ready to quit is the business of every healthcare professional.

Treating tobacco dependency systematically and effectively will have a significant impact on the triple aim:

  • improved individual health outcomes and quality of life
  • equitable socioeconomic and geographical distribution of healthcare resources; and
  • improved long-term population health outcomes including reducing health inequalities.

A range of evidence-based pharmacological treatments exist to support smokers facing the difficulty of behaviour change and breaking nicotine addiction. Stop smoking support, across the board, is a clinically and highly costeffective long-term intervention for people with smoking-related long-term disease