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Integrating smoking cessation into alcohol and other drugs treatment

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
1 hr

Smokers who use alcohol and other drugs are motivated to quit although there appears to be a wide variation in readiness to seek help to quit. Therefore, in this webinar we will discuss common misconceptions and attitudes that prevent patients who use alcohol and other drugs from quitting smoking. We will also assist you in recognising health-related risks associated with smoking and the benefits of quitting with tobacco treatment options for this group of patients, and share pathways for patients to access smoking cessation support.

Relevance to General Practice

People with alcohol and drugs dependency tend to be heavy smokers, have poorer health status and a shorter life expectancy in part due to a lifetime of tobacco use . Managing nicotine dependence for people with alcohol and drugs dependency continues to be a contentious issue, however nicotine addiction can be well managed in conjunction with other presenting problems.

Learning outcomes
  • Recognise the high smoking rates among people who use alcohol and other drugs and the importance of addressing smoking in this group
  • Be aware of the common barriers and debunk the myths around quitting, and recognise the factors and opportunities for smokers to quit smoking
  • Discuss tobacco treatment options and provide advice on the usage of the different forms of pharmacotherapy and understand the possibility of the drug interactions with quitting smoking
  • Provide practical support and tips related to smoking relapse prevention, including using specialist information to identify referral pathways and options for the continued smoking cessation support.
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    • Ways in which health can be optimised and maintained are communicated to patients, family members and carers

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • Comprehensive and holistic management plans are developed collaboratively

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    • The impacts of the social determinants of health are identified and addressed

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Adult health
    • Addiction medicine
    Partnering organisations

    NSW Ministry of Health


    Integrating smoking cessation into alcohol and other drugs treatment
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    1 hr
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    2 cpd
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