Cigarette smoking is one of the most significant preventable causes of death and illness in the world. It accounts for some 400,000 deaths in the USA and 100,000 in the UK annually. Globally, 4.9 million people die as a resulting each smoking each year. Nicotine dependence lies at the heart of smoking addiction, and health agencies and professional bodies are now focusing strongly on the role of clinical services in helping smokers to overcome this addiction.
Smoking has wide range-ranging effects on many disease processes, and it is essential that healthcare professionals clearly understand:
The short- and long-term effects of smoking on the body
The benefits of smoking cessation
The treatments available to help smokers stop smoking
The many myths about smoking and quitting.
This new second edition of Fast Facts: Smoking Cessation aims to meet these needs.
Health Press Supports the New Smokefree Law of 1st July 2007 (England) and the Global Initiatives to Help Smokers Who Want to Quit.
Introduction; Cigarettes as a nicotine delivery system; Smoking patterns; Social, psychological and economic influences on smoking; Effects of smoking and smoking cessation; Addiction to cigarettes; The clinician and smoking; Treatments to aid smoking cessation; Future trends.
A fact-filled, expert review of the addiction: social, psychosocial, economic and medical perspectives
Spells out the effects of smoking, the consequences of smoking and the consequences of quitting
Every GP and support clinic will benefit from this edition
Full of tips, advice and treatment aids for the clinical team.
Review of the first edition:
'This is, quite simply, a terrific little book. Written by two highly respected figures in the field, it is a font of evidence-based wisdom. It should be on the bookshelves of every health professional who counsels smoking cessation'.
About the Authors:
Robert West, Professor of Health Psychology, Director of Tobacco Studies, Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Unit, University College London, UK
Saul Shiffman, Research Professor of Clinical and Health Psychology, Psychiatry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Pittsburgh; Pinney Associates, Pennsylvania, USA