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Trained community pharmacy personnel may be able to help people who wish to stop smoking

Sinclair HK, Bond CM, Stead LF
Published Online: 
8 October 2008

Personnel in community pharmacies (drug stores) can be a source of information and support for people trying to quit smoking. They may have a role because nicotine replacement therapy, an effective cessation pharmacotherapy, is available without prescription in many countries. People also come to pharmacies with prescriptions for medications to help them quit. The review included two trials and found limited evidence that training pharmacy personnel to offer counselling and record keeping services to their customers may help smokers to quit.

This record should be cited as: 
Sinclair HK, Bond CM, Stead LF. Community pharmacy personnel interventions for smoking cessation. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2004, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD003698. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003698.pub2
Assessed as up to date: 
31 October 2007