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  1. 29 Aug 2014
    Do exercise interventions help people quit smoking Podcast
    Review question We reviewed the evidence about the effect of exercise programmes in people who want to quit smoking. We looked at whether exercise programmes, either alone or combined with stop smoking programmes, helped more people to quit at six months or longer than stop smoking programmes alone or stop smoking programmes combined with health education. Background Specialist ...
  2. 3 Jun 2014
    Do printed self-help materials containing information about how to give up smoking help people to quit
    Background We reviewed the evidence that printed materials giving structured advice about how to stop smoking help people to quit. We looked for trials of any type of printed self-help material which gave structured support and advice about quitting. We also included materials in audio or video format but we did not include internet programmes or ...
  3. 27 Mar 2014
    Can people be helped to stop smoking before they have surgery?
    Smoking is a well-known risk factor for complications after surgery. Stopping smoking before surgery is likely to reduce the risk of complications. We reviewed the evidence about the effects of providing smoking cessation interventions to people awaiting surgery on their success in quitting at the time of surgery and longer-term, and at complications ...
  4. 1 Mar 2014
    Can interventions for parents and people caring for children reduce children's exposure to tobacco smoke
    Background Children exposed to cigarette smoke (environmental tobacco smoke) are at greater risk of lung problems, infections and serious complications including sudden infant death syndrome. Preventing exposure to cigarette smoke in infancy and childhood might therefore significantly improve children's health worldwide. Parental smoking is a common ...
  5. 26 Feb 2014
    Is the workplace an effective setting for helping people to stop smoking Podcast
    Background The workplace appears to be a useful setting for helping people to stop smoking. Large groups of smokers are available who can easily be reached and helped, using proven methods. It is also in the employers’ interests to improve the health of their workforce. Recent changes introducing anti-smoking laws in many developed countries may have ...
  6. 23 Jan 2014
    Do acupuncture and related therapies help smokers who are trying to quit
    We reviewed the evidence that acupuncture, acupressure, laser therapy or electrical stimulation help people who are trying to stop smoking. Background Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese therapy, generally using fine needles inserted through the skin at specific points in the body. Needles may be stimulated by hand or using an electric current (electroacupuncture). ...
  7. 8 Jan 2014
    Do medications used to treat depression help smokers who are trying to quit
    Background and review questions Some medications and supplements that have been used to treat depression (antidepressants) have been tested to see whether they also help people who are trying to stop smoking. Two antidepressants, bupropion (Zyban) and nortriptyline, are sometimes prescribed to help with quitting smoking. This review set out to ...
  8. 9 Dec 2013
    Can training health professionals to ask people if they smoke increase offers of advice and help patients quit? Podcast
    Training programs are used to encourage health professionals to ask their patients if they smoke, and then offer advice to help them quit. The review of 17 trials found that these training programs help health professionals to identify smokers and increase the number of people who quit smoking. The programs also increase the number of people offered ...
  9. 23 Oct 2013
    Psychosocial interventions for supporting women to stop smoking in pregnancy
    Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of the mother having complications during pregnancy and the baby being born with low birthweight and preterm (before 37 weeks). Tobacco smoking during pregnancy is relatively common, although the trend is towards it becoming less frequent in high-income countries and more frequent in low- to middle-income ...
  10. 23 Aug 2013
    Are there any smoking cessation programmes which can help adolescents to stop smoking
    Worldwide, between 80,000 and 100,000 young people start smoking every day and up to one in four UK and American young people smoke. Many adolescent tobacco programmes focus on preventing teenagers from starting to smoke, but some programmes have been aimed at helping those teenagers already smoking to quit. We identified 28 studies of mixed quality ...

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