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Nicotine addiction: clinical review

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Although the prevalence of smoking has declined in recent years, 19% of adults still smokes. This means there are still 9.6m people using tobacco in Great Britain.

Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in England. This module outlines the key elements of smoking cessation and how these can be applied in primary care.


After completing this activity, you should be better able to:

  • Appreciate the prevalence of smoking, and its impact on people’s health and the NHS
  • Understand why smokers need specialist support to quit
  • Be aware of the most effective method for quitting smoking
  • Deliver very brief advice on smoking during consultations
  • Understand what research shows about vaping and its relationship to quitting
  • Access resources to support your work in helping smokers to quit


Jennifer Percival, Counsellor and national trainer in smoking cessation and behaviour change

This resource is provided at an intermediate level by MIMS Learning. Read the article and reflect on what you have learned, then answer the test questions at the end.

Complete the resource to obtain a certificate of completion to include in your revalidation portfolio. You should record the time spent on this resource in your CPD log.


e-cigarettes: a Practice Nurse guide Mandy Galloway

Stepwise approach to smoking cessation Darush Attar-Zadeh

Tobacco: reducing the harm Dr Ed Warren