Better Help for smokers to Quit – October( International )

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Community pharmacy personnel interventions for smoking cessation

Community pharmacists could provide effective smoking cessation treatment because they offer easy access to members of the community.

They are well placed to provide both advice on the correct use of smoking cessation products and behavioural support to aid smoking cessation. The objective of this Cochrane Review was to assess the effectiveness of interventions delivered by community pharmacy personnel to assist people to stop smoking, with or without concurrent use of pharmacotherapy.

Exercise interventions for smoking cessation

Taking regular exercise, whether cardiovascular‐type exercise or resistance exercise, may help people to give up smoking, particularly by reducing cigarette withdrawal symptoms and cravings, and by helping to manage weight gain.

The objective of this Cochrane Review was to determine the effectiveness of exercise‐based interventions alone, or combined with a smoking cessation programme, for achieving long‐term smoking cessation, compared with a smoking cessation intervention alone or other non‐exercise intervention.

Real‐time video counselling for smoking cessation

Real‐time video communication software such as Skype and FaceTime transmits live video and audio over the Internet, allowing counsellors to provide support to help people quit smoking. There are more than four billion Internet users worldwide, and Internet users can download free video communication software, rendering a video counselling approach both feasible and scalable for helping people to quit smoking.

The objective of this Cochrane Review was to assess the effectiveness of real‐time video counselling delivered individually or to a group in increasing smoking cessation, quit attempts, intervention adherence, satisfaction and therapeutic alliance, and to provide an economic evaluation regarding real‐time video counselling.

Mobile phone text messaging and app‐based interventions for smoking cessation

Mobile phone‐based smoking cessation support (mCessation) offers the opportunity to provide behavioural support to those who cannot or do not want face‐to‐face support. In addition, mCessation can be automated and therefore provided affordably even in resource‐poor settings.

The objective of this Cochrane Review was to determine whether mobile phone‐based smoking cessation interventions increase smoking cessation rates in people who smoke.