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An independent review of the provision of smoking cessation services in Wales

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  • Release date: 12 June 2018
The review examined the range of smoking cessation services provided in Wales and approaches for future provision.

The review suggests:

  • there is evidence for the most effective interventions, notably face-to-face support with pharmacotherapy, supported use of pharmacotherapy and telephone support
  • evidence is available to inform interventions targeting groups of smokers, including those in deprived households/communities, pregnant women and with poor mental health
  • cessation activities can successfully be used in a range of settings, including community pharmacy, primary care, secondary care and the workplace
  • smoking needs to be tackled in isolation, with effectiveness diluted when addressed as part of a multiple risk behaviour intervention
  • there is some evidence system change can be beneficial, such as electronic health record systems to document smoking status and referral to specialist services
  • various techniques can assist with recruitment, with third sector organisations potentially having a valuable role to play.


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