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

Price, AD, Coffey, M, Houston, L and Cook, PA (2022) Evaluation of a pharmacy supported e-cigarette smoking cessation intervention in Northwest England. BMC Public Health, 22 (1). ISSN 1471-2458

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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
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans; Smoking Cessation; Pharmacy; Pharmacies; Pharmaceutical Services; Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems; Community intervention; E-cigarettes; Electronic cigarettes; Longitudinal; Mixed-methods; Pharmacy; Smoking cessation; Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems; Humans; Pharmaceutical Services; Pharmacies; Pharmacy; Smoking Cessation; 1117 Public Health and Health Services; Public Health
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Divisions: Psychology (from Sep 2019)
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2022 12:17
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2022 12:30
DOI or ID number: 10.1186/s12889-022-13711-x
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/17295
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