Supporting nurses in tobacco cessation using practical tools
Lena Lund 1,2
Ann Post 3,2
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Karolinska Institutet, Academic Primary Health Care Centre, Stockholm Region, Sweden
Swedish Nurses against Tobacco, NGO, Sweden
The Swedish Think Tank Tobaksfakta, NGO, Stockholm, Sweden
Student Health Services, Stockholm University, Sweden
Publication date: 2023-04-25
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Lena Lund
Karolinska Institutet, Academic Primary Health Care Centre, Stockholm Region, Sweden
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2023;9(Supplement):A48
Health promotion and illness prevention are among the most important responsibilities in nursing. Tobacco consumption is harmful and causes a number of diseases and sufferings worldwide. Tobacco cessation is one of the most cost-effective health care interventions in which nurses hold a key position. The NGO Swedish Nurses against Tobacco has in collaboration with Swedish Nursing Association encouraged nurses to raise the topic of quitting tobacco in all patient meetings. Offering advice and further support increases the chances of a smoking cessation attempts being made by patient.

Material and Methods:
Since 2019, material were produced based on the Swedish national guidelines for prevention and treatment of tobacco addiction. It included tools consisting of pocket memory cards that can be tied together to make it easy to pick up when needed. The different subjects included: Tobacco cessation in practice, motivational interviewing, benefits of quitting and a validated questionnaire for exploring smoking cessation barriers. The format of the tools allows to easily update the information within the different topics.

The launch of the material has led to great interests. It has been disseminated to various special target groups of specialist nurses through newsletter, seminars and conferences. It is also an available resource being used in regular trainings in the certified tobacco cessation courses and in the special cares given to patients with e.g., diabetes and COPD in Sweden.

A complementary and easy-to-handle material can make it easier for nurses to bring up tobacco topic in their meetings with patients. Tobacco consumption is the most preventable cause of death in the world. Nurses with the appropriate knowledge and confidence will be able to make a significant impact on this serious epidemic.

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