‘All health professionals should understand the principles of Brief Intervention for smoking cessation. It is to be routine practice to consider the need for Brief Intervention at every patient contact’
By raising the issue of smoking and referring smokers to a local smoking cessation clinic, you are offering them the best chance to stop smoking.
Smoking cessation is the most effective way to help smokers quit and preserve life.
Some examples of health risks from smoking Stroke Depression Hearing loss Mouth cancer, tooth & gum disease Heart disease Back pain Osteoporosis (females ) Impotence, infertility (males) Reduced fertility, miscarriage (females)+ low birth weight babies, still birth, cot death Disease of the blood vessels Eye disease Neck pain Cancer of gullet Lung disease: cancer, bronchitis, emphysema etc Stomach ulcers / cancer Ulcers and cancer of the gut Tendon injuries