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Very Brief Advice for Tobacco Dependency

Treating tobacco dependency

Read time: 50 mins
Smoking adversely affects nearly every organ in the body which is why tobacco dependence needs to be treated. Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability and death globally. Offering help to quit smoking is a vital component of any tobacco control strategy and a combination of support and pharmacotherapy has been shown to be the most effective strategy to quit smoking.

Effective evidence-based interventions


A combination of pharmacotherapy and support has been shown to be the most effective strategy to successfully stop smoking32 (Hartmann-Boyce et al., 2019). In the UK for example, interventions are ranked on the strength of evidence (Table 1).

Table 1. Evidence and usability of stop smoking interventions (adapted from NICE33, 2018).

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