Use of smoking cessation products: A survey of patients in community pharmacies.
By: Phung A, Luo L, Breik N, Alessi-Severini S.
Canadian Pharmacists Journal 2017; 150: 326-33.
Summary: At 17.3%, smoking rates in Manitoba Canada continue to exceed the national average. This study examined the use of smoking cessation agents in a sample of smokers in one city. Of the 2237 individuals who were approached, 586 were smokers (26.2%) and 180 responded to the survey (30.7%). A majority of smokers (32.8%) reported smoking 16 to 25 cigarettes per day. More than 90% had smoked for more than 5 years, 27.2% had more than 5 previous quit attempts and 82.1% used smoking cessation products with the intention to quit. Self-motivation (44.4%) and family/friend advice (28.3%) were major reasons for quitting. Impact of health care practitioner advice was low (6.4%). Despite having the highest rate of use, both nicotine gum (33.3%) and patches (24.4%) were reported to have lower rates of perceived efficacy.