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Open letter to Simon Stevens to ensure that tobacco dependence treatment is provided for every smoker cared for by the NHS, as part of the long term plan

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 15 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4827
  1. Andrew Goddard, president1,
  2. Wendy Burn, president2,
  3. Lesley Regan, president3,
  4. Russell Viner, president4,
  5. Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair5,
  6. Ravi Mahajan, president6,
  7. Evri Anagnostara, chair7,
  8. Sheila Hollins, emeritus professor of psychiatry8,
  9. Simon Wessely, former president2,
  10. Deborah Arnott, chief executive9,
  11. Shirley Cramer, chief executive10,
  12. Mark Watson, president elect11,
  13. Carol Black, former president1,
  14. Richard Ashcroft, professor of bioethics12,
  15. Nicholas Hopkinson, reader in respiratory medicine13
  16. on behalf of 800 doctors, health professionals, and academics
  1. 1Royal College of Physicians, London, UK
  2. 2Royal College of Psychiatrists, London, UK
  3. 3Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London, UK
  4. 4Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, London, UK
  5. 5Royal College of General Practitioners, London, UK
  6. 6Royal College of Anaesthetists, London, UK
  7. 7Mental Health Nurses Association, London, UK
  8. 8House of Lords, London, UK
  9. 9Action on Smoking and Health, London, UK
  10. 10Royal Society for Public Health, London, UK
  11. 11British Laryngological Association, London, UK
  12. 12Queen Mary University of London, London, UK
  13. 13National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, London, UK
  1. n.hopkinson{at}

The government’s ambition for a five year improvement in disability free life expectancy by 2035 is one that we can all share,1 but if it is to be achieved the NHS has to ensure that tobacco dependence treatment is provided for every smoker cared for by the NHS.

Smoking is the leading cause of years of life lost in the …

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