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Update from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)

Deborah Arnott Chief Executive Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) & Specialist Advisory Committee Member, Smoking: Harm Reduction Quality Standard, NICE spoke at today’s Smoking Cessation in Mental Health conference.  In her presentation Deborah discussed:

  • offering harm reduction approaches to those who are not ready to quit
  • implementing the new NICE Quality Standard
  • how do we integrate a harm reduction approach into stop smoking services?

Deborah Arnott’s full presentation is available to download at the end of this page

In her presentation Deborah Discussed:

“Not all smokers are ready or willing to quit. Around a third of smokers will try to quit each year and two thirds will not.”

"Deprived communities have most to gain from harm reduction"

"Poorer smokers are more likely to be dependent, as well as those in mental health groups"

“Support beyond the traditional quit model has been shown to help people reduce risk to themselves, others and increases their chances of quitting completely”

“Types of intervention, cut down to quit (with or without NRT), temporary abstinence (with or without NRT and complete substitution with alternative source of nicotine”

“Nature of interventions, advice in a mainstream service, support in a mainstream service, self-help materials and support through a stop smoking service”

“Harm reduction approaches offer an alternative way to help smokers – particularly those highly addicted and not yet ready to quit”

“NICE guidance is a useful framework”

“Organisations should consider the role of electronic cigarettes in supporting smokers to reduce harm to themselves and others”

"Our annual survey found that now approximately 2.6 million users of e-cigarettes"

"Can find a feeling of empowerment by using an e-cigarette to become less dependent on nicotine"

Deborah Arnott’s biography

Deborah Arnott is Chief Executive of Action on Smoking and Health (UK), honorary associate professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Nottingham, honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a member of the RCP’s Tobacco Advisory Group. She was a member of the Commission on Human Medicines expert advisory group to the UK’s Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency on nicotine containing products, as well as being a member of the NICE committee which developed guidance on smoking cessation and Tobacco Harm Reduction. A recognised national and international expert on tobacco control and the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, she was awarded the Alwyn Smith Prize by the UK Faculty of Public Health for making an outstanding contribution to the health of the public.

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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards: Ensuring Compliance in Practice
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Download: Deborah Arnott"s full presentation

20 October 2015


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