Five things health-care providers need to know to help smokers quit
March 9, 2015
Read the five top things health-care providers should know to help people quit smoking, according to Dr. Peter Selby
Dr. Peter Selby created the Training Enhancement in Applied Cessation Counselling and Health (TEACH) Learning Centre, a certificate program in Intensive Smoking Cessation Counselling. He shares his five most important things health-care providers need to know to help people quit smoking.
- Quitting is a process, not an event.
- Quitting occurs within the context of a relationship in which you and the smoker can trust each other and enhance motivation to quit.
- The use of medication roughly doubles the chances of smoking cessation success and medication should be used as directed.
- Helping people make their homes and environments smoke free is a very critical part of the quitting process.
- The most important thing is to recognize that people who are coming in for smoking cessation have comorbidities, whether they’re psychosocial, psychiatric or physical.