|Ask||Identify smoking status|
|Advise||The most effective way to stop is with personal support and medication|
|Act||Refer to NHS Stop Smoking Service for advice and support if they are ready. If not ready, leave information with them.|
Be alert to using the opportunities you have for raising the issue:
“I wonder, are you smoking at the moment?”
“I know you quit a while back – how’s that going?”
Encourage the client to talk and take the lead. You don’t need to know why or how much they smoke, so don’t get drawn into a long conversation on their reasons.
“The most successful way to stop smoking is by using personal support and stop smoking medications”
These include different kinds of nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum, lozenge, mouth spray, inhalator, tabs, strips, nasal spray) and tablets (if over 18 and not pregnant). All are available on prescription.
Leave information for them in case they change their minds at a later date.
If you have a referral mechanism comple the referral