’The author writes in his preface that this book is the culmination of many years of research into the mechanisms involved in smoking related illnesses and smoking cessation techniques.’
Title: Smoking: What all healthcare professionals need to know
Author: Graham F Cope
Publisher: M&K Publishing
Reviewer: Wendy Preston, nurse consultant, George Eliot Hospital
What was it like?
This is an easy read that starts by summarising interesting facts about smoking, from statistics to nicotine dependence and useful strategies to assess. There is then a concise synopsis of the main principles of smoking cessation, which focuses on behavioural support in addition to pharmacotherapy. The remainder of the book is dedicated to discussing the effect smoking has on the body, from the expected such as the respiratory and cardiovascular systems to the brain and psychiatric disorders. I found these chapters informative and particularly liked the short sections throughout that translate this information into advice related specifically to smoking cessation.
What were the highlights?
The author writes in his preface that this book is the culmination of many years of research into the mechanisms involved in smoking related illnesses and smoking cessation techniques. He is a renowned researcher and inventor and I like the way the author makes quite complex topics such as the effect of toxins on each specific organ appear logical.
The chapter on smoking cessation is summarised well and gives insight into this important treatment and is relevant to those from all levels. I particularly like the respiratory system chapter that covers a breadth of conditions and gives specific tailored advice a various stages to optimise learning and improve outcomes.
Strengths & Weaknesses:
The layout is pleasing to the eye and along with the comfortable font this increases the ease of reading. It is referenced well throughout and has comprehensive reference lists at the end of each chapter.
For a book that discusses the effect on the body there are surprisingly no diagrams however the quality of the writing makes up for this. Tables and examples of useful tools are included where appropriate that complement the text.
Who should read it?
Suitable for all levels of Health Care Professionals from a range of backgrounds, from a novice to smoking cessation and wanting to know more to an experienced practitioner that wishes to gain an in-depth knowledge into how smoking affects the body.