Pharmacists urged to help people get ready for No Smoking Day

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is encouraging pharmacy staff to use to use No Smoking Day (9 March) as an opportunity to increase participation among patients.

In the lead up to the day, smokers are being encouraged to see their GP, pharmacist, or stop smoking adviser and stock up on quit aids such as patches and gum so they’re ready to make a quality quit attempt. Resources are available now for pharmacy teams to get ready.

Dr Mike Knapton, associate medical director at the BHF, said: “Supporting the campaign can be as easy as decorating the pharmacy and handing out leaflets. Engaging your patients on the subject might help them take the first step towards a smoke-free life.”

Visit the No Smoking Day website to order or download the free No Smoking Day organiser’s pack, which includes posters, leaflets and a handbook.

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