Evaluation of a pharmacy supported e- cigarette smoking cessation intervention in North West England

Price, AD, Coffey, M ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5837-5532, Houston, L and Cook, P 2022, 'Evaluation of a pharmacy supported e- cigarette smoking cessation intervention in North West England' , BMC Public Health, 22 (1) , p. 1326.

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Abstract

Background: Cigarette smoking cessation has been described as the world’s most important public health intervention. Electronic cigarettes are a relatively new tool for assisting smoking cessation but there is a lack of data on their efficacy. This article reports on a pharmacy supported e-cigarette smoking cessation intervention undertaken in a metropolitan area in the north of England. Methods: Longitudinal mixed-methods evaluation incorporating analysis of secondary data, interviews with service users, and interviews with service providers at 3-month and 12-month follow-up, with an additional text message survey of service users at 12-month follow-up. Results: The four-week follow-up data suggest that for every twenty people given an e-cigarette, six quit smoking tobacco and three people cut their cigarette intake by more than five cigarettes per day. Long-term follow-up results were positive but only a small number of participants were still engaged with the study at 12 months. Service users and providers spoke positively about the combination of e-cigarettes and pharmacy support. Conclusions: E-cigarette distribution combined with pharmacy support appears to be an agreeable and effective intervention for smoking cessation, but further data are needed on long-term quit rates and health effects.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: BMC Public Health
Publisher: BioMed Central
ISSN: 1471-2458
Funders: Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council
Depositing User: USIR Admin
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2022 13:55
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2022 09:37
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/64328

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