OUTLOOK: Smoking Cessation-What Physios can do to help them quit? - DR.PALAK SHAH, PT

Cigarette smoking is the single biggest avoidable cause of death & disability in developed countries. Smoking is now increasing rapidly throughout the developing countries & is one of the biggest threats to current & future world health. For smokers, quitting smoking is the most important thing they can do to improve their health. Encouraging smoking cessation is one of the most effective & cost effective things that Physiotherapists can do to improve health & prolong their patients’ lives. The results of Smoking Cessation are achieved faster with a Team Approach. The team includes: Pulmonologist, Physiotherapist,  Respiratory Therapist, Paediatrician, Psychologist, Oncologist, Cardiologist, Nurse, Clinician, General practitioner, Social worker.

Ask, Assess, Advice, Assist, Arrange - Summarise the role of Physiotherapist in smoking cessation. The prevention of smoking has been identified by THE WHO as the most potentially effective preventive health measure that developed countries can take. Physiotherapists are in an ideal position to promote smoking cessation & hence Physiotherapists should ascertain their level of knowledge about smoking cessation in order to help patients quit smoking.

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