Benefits of quitting
Smoking impacts on our health in a variety of ways. Once someone has stopped smoking they often breath more easily and cough less when they give up smoking, blood circulation improves, stress can be positively impacted and more.
Having a brief healthy conversation
Use open discovery questions to make the most of conversations by recognising an opportunity to discuss health and wellbeing.
Establish the smoking status. Ask questions such as 'how many do you smoke a day?' or 'what attempts have you made to quit in the past?'
Acknowledge the response by using healthy conversation skills such as active listening, reflecting or showing empathy. This will allow for a joint understanding of the support a person needs.
Remember to personalise and consider the individuals motivation for stopping smoking.
Take appropriate action to either give information, signpost to a local service or refer them yourself. Remember that the solution must be person centered and they must want to change.
Local support for stopping smoking
For more information on smoking visit the NHS pages: www.nhs.uk/live-well/quit-smoking/nhs-stop-smoking-services-help-you-quit/?tabname=smoking-facts
10 self-help tips to stop smoking www.nhs.uk/live-well/quit-smoking/10-self-help-tips-to-stop-smoking/