Responding to new advice from NICE and Public Health England that aims to help patients stop smoking, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said:
"This is helpful advice from NICE and PHE, particularly as it clarifies the messages that GPs and our teams should be giving to patients who are trying to stop smoking and who ask about switching to e-cigarettes - guidance that the College has long been calling for.
"Smoking can have a devastating effect on our patients' long-term health and wellbeing – it is the biggest preventable cause of death in the UK with strong evidence linking it to serious and debilitating conditions, such as cancer, lung and heart disease, and diabetes. It also costs the NHS billions every year."
For the full statement please visit: http://www.rcgp.org.uk/about-us/news/2018/march/stop-smoking-services-should-be-available-to-all-smokers-says-rcgp.aspx