World No Tobacco Day

Global Campaign,

In response to the tobacco and related industries’ systematic, aggressive and sustained tactics to attract a new generation of tobacco users, World No Tobacco Day 2020 will provide a counter-marketing campaign and empower young people to engage in the fight against Big Tobacco.

Referral to Slimming World in UK Stop Smoking Services (SWISSS) versus Stop Smoking Support Alone on Body Weight in Quitters: Results of a Randomised Controlled Trial

Lycett D, Aveyard P, Farmer A, et al Referral to Slimming World in UK Stop Smoking Services (SWISSS) versus stop smoking support alone on body weight in quitters: results of a randomised controlled trial BMJ Open 2020;10:e032271. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-032271
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Introduction: Most people who stop smoking gain weight. Dietary modification may seem an obvious solution, but food restriction may increase cigarette craving and smoking relapse.

Trial design: An unblinded parallel randomised controlled trial.

Guides for Clinicians Diagnosis and Management of Tobacco Dependency

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Primary Care Respiratory Society
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Tobacco use is one of the key risk factors for many chronic diseases including lung diseases, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Despite this, it is common throughout the world. The Primary Care Respiratory Society (PCRS) have developed a new guide for clinicians to support the diagnosis and management of tobacco dependency.

Are Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems Helping Cigarette Smokers Quit?

Weaver SR, Huang J, Pechacek TF, Heath JW, Ashley DL, Eriksen MP (2018) Are electronic nicotine delivery systems helping cigarette smokers quit? Evidence from a prospective cohort study of U.S. adult smokers, 2015–2016. PLoS ONE 13(7): e0198047. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0198047
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The potential of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) to reduce the cardiovascular and other disease risks of smoking is of great interest. While many smokers report using ENDS for cessation, their impact under real-world use patterns and conditions on adult smokers’ quitting behavior is uncertain.

Effectiveness of the Gold Standard Programme Compared with Other Smoking Cessation Interventions in Denmark

Rasmussen M, Fernández E, Tønnesen H. (2017). Effectiveness of the Gold Standard Programme compared with other smoking cessation interventions in Denmark: a cohort study BMJ Open; 7:e013553. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013553

Strengths and Limitations of this Study

  • This study was based on a large cohort of smokers from all regions and settings in Denmark. 46 287 smokers were included in the study, and the follow-up rate was high (74%).

Health Benefits from Stopping Smoking

Within as little as twenty minutes after your last cigarette your body begins to feel the effects of quitting. Health benefits from stopping smoking include, amongst other things, a decrease in heart rate and blood pressure, better breathing, improved taste and smell, and improved appetite. The experience of quitting smoking can be stressful. However, all things considered, to do so is to potentially prolong your life. Click here to find out more.