Stopping smoking is the single most important thing that smokers can do to improve their health . Health Care Professionals (HCPs) know this and most smokers do too, even if they are not always ready to address it. A quick question about their smoking status and an offer of help from HCPs to support patients who are ready to attempt to stop smoking can be far more effective than telling them to stop.
Very Brief Advice on smoking (VBA) is a simple piece of advice that is designed to be used opportunistically in less than 30 seconds in almost any situation with a smoker1 (PCRS Pragmatic guide, 2019). This Learning Zone explains the principles of VBA and demonstrates how it can be used in different smoker populations and summarises the effective evidence-based interventions that can be used subsequently when a patient is ready to attempt to quit following a successful VBA. Throughout the LZ there are resources to help you implement VBA.
Developed by EPG Health for Medthority. This content has been developed in collaboration with the International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG).
EPG Health received educational funding from the sponsor, Pfizer, in order to help provide its healthcare professional members with access to the highest quality medical and scientific information, education and associated relevant content. Pfizer has had no editorial input into the content.