Stopping smoking—carpe diem?

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 28 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7324
  1. James Harris
  1. 1Health Psychology Research Group, Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College London, London, UK
  1. james.harris.09{at}

I am a midwife, a health psychologist, and a smoker. In December 2011, I decided that I wanted to quit, and asked my general practitioner for a varenicline prescription. I was told that the practice “do not deal with that,” and a referral to the local health trainers was made to assess my needs. I was told to call if no contact was made by the end of January.

By mid-January, with no contact and my new year resolve waning, I tried to …

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