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Tobacco Dependency and mental illness case history

5 Ways To Support Smokers to Quit

Smoking exacerbates mental illness because patients with high nicotine dependency spend most of the tday experiencing uncomfortable cravings, which make things doubly hard for someone like Adam.

E-cigarettes are an option, but they might not be enough alone to control his cravings.  Adding other treatments e.g. NRT patch, Varenicline or NHS Face to Face counselling, apps and web based support may help.

People dealing with mental illness are just as likely to want to stop smoking as other people, and doing so may be a real boost for their well being.  Offering Very Brief Advice routinely takes only 30 seconds.

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