GPs play 'vital role' in helping Australians quit nicotine

March 11, 2024 by

GPs play 'vital role' in helping Australians quit nicotine

New guidance by the RACGP on e-cigarette usage for smoking cessation has received positive feedback. Despite being touted as helpful aids, e-cigarettes remain controversial due to modest benefits and harmful effects, particularly among young non-smokers. Recent Australian reforms aim to curb youth vaping, including bans on certain products. Critics argue against overwhelming GPs with prescription requests and potential illicit trade fears. Clinicians should consider individual circumstances when recommending e-cigarettes for nicotine addiction.

13.00% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 2.6 million current smokers in Australia 15.20% of men are current smokers but only 10.90% of women.



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