NICE says doctors could help 165 000 more smokers to quit

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 06 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:811
  1. Balaji Ravichandran
  1. BMJ

    If GPs encouraged more of their patients to stop smoking by opportunistic advice and referring some patients to intensive support clinics, the number of smokers quitting each year in England would increase by 165 000, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) said last week.

    NICE calculates that if doctors took such measures the proportion of England's 10 million smokers giving up for more than a year would increase from 2.7% to 4.3%.

    The institute published the figures when it launched …

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