Helping people stop smoking is crucial to promote long term health … and save healthcare costs. Quitline do an excellent job but resources are limited and patients cannot access smoking cessation medications for free. Nicotine patches used to be available for free for smokers admitted to hospital but under the current administration this is no longer so. My suggestion: - implementation of nicotine replacement medication (patches and gum) and Champix tablets on schedule 5 for patients to access for free - reinstatement of inpatient access to nicotine replacement therapy - increased community smoking cessation clinics, public health campaigns and Quitline support
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