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New guidance to strengthen pharmacy stop smoking services

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New guidance has been launched by NHS Employers to help strengthen pharmacy-based stop smoking services.

It is aimed at senior NHS clinicians and managers responsible for commissioning pharmaceutical services, seeks to further strengthen their role by providing advice on how they can get the best from the community pharmacy services they commission.

Taryn Harding, deputy head of primary care workforce and contracting at NHS Employers, said: ‘Smoking remains the single greatest cause of preventable morbidity and premature deaths in England, it’s also expensive to treat. However, smoking cessation could deliver net savings of £25m annually when the impact on length of stay and waiting times is considered.

‘Pharmacy’s role in the community means that it must be at the frontline in targeting smoking and this guidance will provide commissioners with an important tool to make sure they are getting the most from their community pharmacies.’

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