Smoking Facts

Smoking Facts

Currently, 33% of Scottish adults smoke.

There is evidence that 'brief advice' (2-3min) on smoking cessation from a health professional, during a routine visit, is a cost-effective way of increasing the number of people who stop smoking. This simple advice can result in an extra 2% of smokers abstaining. Though numbers may appear small, when multiplied up by the number of medical/dental/pharmacy consultations a year in Scotland, the total would be considerable.

Helping your Patients Change

Health professionals have a role in oral cancer prevention which includes giving advice on smoking cessation and sensible drinking to their patients.

There is a useful guide to remind you of the areas to be covered, called 'The 5 As'.
This approach was originally developed in the USA in the 1980s.

ASK your patient
ADVISE your patient
ASSESS your patient
ASSIST your patient
ARRANGE follow-up
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