oa SA Pharmacist's Assistant - Smoking cessation : OTC products

Volume 10, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1608-9634
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1068



Cigarette smoking is estimated to cause over five million deaths worldwide each year. Unfortunately, tobacco addiction is one of the most difficult addictions to overcome. Many of our patients are smokers and as healthcare providers we are uniquely positioned to ask our patients about their smoking status, to encourage them to quit and to provide support. We will review the currently available smoking cessation medications so that we can assist patients with the selection of a safe, effective and appropriate smoking cessation medication to ease the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal and improve the likelihood of successfully quitting smoking.

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