New Year is traditionally a time when we evaluate our lives and make resolutions to change or improve things. To reflect on the past year and make a fresh start for the one coming.
One of the most common New Year resolutions is to quit smoking. And it is one of the hardest to actually achieve, particularly without any support – pharmacological or psychological. Many people will be saying on New Year’s Eve that this is the last cigarette they will smoke but sadly for their health and that of their families for many that statement will not be true.
NICE has published new smoking cessation guidance for secondary care which we are featuring in our January 22 issue. The aim is to ensure that smokers are identified and offered support during their hospital visit or stay. And crucially that there is a join up with community services so that the support they need is available so they can follow through their resolution.
Take a look at the new guidance and see how well your hospital is doing to provide the right infrastructure. It is clear that staff need to be given training so that their one contact counts and that they know where to refer to for support.
I have a few friends and colleagues in mind who I am going to encourage to make this the year that they do really quit. And to that end I will suggest support they can access. With smoking being responsible for over 460,000 hospital admissions in England each year, interventions and support to stop smoking are crucial.
How many patients do you think you can get to quit this year?