Smoking cessation


  • Welcome
  • Smoking prevalence and statistics
  • The health risks
  • The desire to quit
  • A strong addiction
  • Harm reduction
  • A quit strategy
  • Therapeutic nicotine
  • Assessment questions
  • Action & Evaluation


This OTC module is about smoking cessation. It will consider the health risks of smoking as well as harm reduction and quitting strategies.


After studying this module, assistants will:

  • Be familiar with the statistics relating to smoking in the UK, the risks associated with the habit and the benefits of quitting
  • Understand that smokers are addicted to the nicotine in cigarettes and that quitting leads to withdrawal symptoms
  • Be familiar with NRT and how it can be used as part of a quit or cut down strategy
  • Understand the term ‘harm reduction’
  • Know the different forms of therapeutic nicotine and which maybe the most appropriate for specific smokers
  • Be able to suggest ways to help smokers prepare to quit smoking and how to abstain successfully.


Jane Feely, PhD

About this module

This module has been endorsed with the NPA’s Training Seal as suitable for use by medicines counter assistants as part of their ongoing learning. Complete the questions at the end to include in your learning log.



Click here to download a PDF of the module as it appeared in print. You can still use your online learning log to record your learning outcomes and impact on your practice.


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