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Manual of Smoking Cessation: A Guide for Counsellors and Practitioners



Manual of Smoking Cessation: A Guide for Counsellors and Practitioners

Andy McEwen, Peter Hajek, Hayden McRobbie, Robert West

ISBN: 978-0-470-75784-0 April 2008 Wiley-Blackwell 168 Pages

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Manual of Smoking Cessation provides the crucial knowledge required if you are involved in helping smokers to stop. The manual provides facts, figures, suggested interventions and sources of further information to assist in providing evidence-based treatment for smokers wishing to stop. This manual covers the core content areas and key learning outcomes described in the Standard for Training in Smoking Cessation (Health Development Agency, 2003). Manual of Smoking Cessation is structured in two concise parts: Part 1 provides essential information on smoking demographics, along with the risks of smoking and the benefits of stopping; Part 2 offers a range of practical advice to implement with clients.

The Smoking Cessation Manual is an essential text for all those involved in the provision of smoking cessation services, including smoking cessation counsellors, nurses, pharmacists, doctors, health promotion officers, dental professionals, and other members of the health care team. The book is an invaluable resource for those learning about smoking cessation, and a succinct aide-memoire to those already practicing in the field.

The authors represent the 'who's who' in the field of smoking cessation and are affiliated to University College London and Cancer Research UK (Andy McEwen and Robert West), St Bartholomew's & Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry (Peter Hajek), and the University of Auckland (Hayden McRobbie).

About the Authors.


Statements of Professional Interest.



Part 1: Essential Information.

Chapter 1: Smoking demographics.

1.1 Smoking patterns.

1.2 Smoking cessation.

1.3 Sources for updating prevalence statistics.

1.4 Multiple choice questions.

Chapter 2: The health risks of smoking and the benefits of stopping.

2.1 Smoking mortality.

2.2 Smoking morbidity.

2.3 Health benefits of smoking cessation.

2.4 Sources for updating health information and statistics.

2.5 Multiple choice questions.

Part 2: Practical Advice.

Chapter 3: Brief interventions.

3.1 Assessment and recording of smoking status.

3.2 Advising smokers to stop and assessing interest in quitting.

3.3 Compensatory smoking.

3.4 Reasons why stopping smoking can be difficult.

3.5 Treatment to help with stopping smoking.

3.6 Referral to local services.

3.7 Wider context.

3.8 Multiple choice questions.

Chapter 4: Intensive one-to-one support and advice.

4.1 Smoking cessation treatments and their outcome.

4.2 Assessment.

4.3 Pharmacotherapy.

4.4 Behavioural support – withdrawal oriented treatment.

4.5 Monitoring.

4.6 Multiple choice questions.

Chapter 5: Telephone counselling.

5.1 Recruiting smokers into treatment by telephone.

5.2 Behavioural support by telephone.

5.3 Multiple choice questions.

Chapter 6: Group interventions.

6.1 Recruitment and assessment.

6.2 Treatment programme for groups.

6.3 Group treatment content.

6.4 Monitoring and follow-up.

6.5 Multiple choice questions.

Answers to multiple choice questions.


"Few quit-smoking books are as packed with relevant information or written in such a refreshingly concise manner. The authors break down the job of helping smokers into two basic components: 'Getting the essentials', which includes facts on smoking patterns, the health risks of smoking and the benefits of stopping; and 'Practical advice', which includes practitioner-friendly guidance for brief interventions, intensive one-on-one support, telephone counseling and group interventions. Throughout the manual, the authors offer many practical suggestions, including sample dialogue for health professionals. Sprinkled throughout each section are smokers' commonly asked questions and examples of clinician responses. The design of the book adds to its usefulness, with an engaging mix of text, bolded phrases, bulleted lists, boxed features such as quotes and myths, tables, referrals and resource materials. The Manual for Smoking Cessation is an informative, well-stated and sound practitioner guide."
Addiction, Vol 102: 2007<!--end-->

"This comprehensive manual on smoking cessation is clear, concise and accessible, making it attractive for lecturers and students, as well as busy practitioners and counsellors. Given the well-established health risks of smoking, the health benefits of smoking cessation should be the business of every healthcare professional. This manual makes a positive contribution to facilitating that process. [This book] covers smoking demographics, health risks of smoking and benefits of cessation. However the main thrust of the text is on practical advice, including brief interventions, one-to-one support, group interventions and telephone counselling. The manual is grounded in reality and does not underestimate the difficulties that people experience in combating nicotine addiction."
Nursing Standard, September 2006; Vol 21: No 2, 2006

“The book is user-friendly to the highest degree with regards to both its content and format. The broad field of smoking cessation is covered succinctly with knowledge that is based on available clinical evidence … .The size and the length … as well as the graphic design … enhance the manual's accessibility and utility. Its high practicality of use as a manual is also achieved by clear articulation of key messages … .Crucial ideas are presented in boxes and thus visually emphasized. The manual can also be used as a teaching aid … .The authors' model of smoking behavior is logically coherent and clinically consequential. [It] will certainly be an excellent source of practical information for anyone already engaged in or interested in working in the tobacco treatment field.” International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction

"The Manual of Smoking Cessation: A Guide for Counsellors and Practitioners expertly synthesises the evidence base with current good practice to produce detailed advice on how best to help smokers to quit… This clear guidance on what to do and say to smokers wanting to stop is supplemented by the clever use of suggested phrases and frequently asked questions throughout the text. The result is not merely another text book; the Manual is exactly what it says in the title, it is A Guide for Counsellors and Practitioners." From the Foreword by Gay Sutherland, Tobacco Research Unit, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK

"There is a very large body of science about how to help smokers stop and the major strength of this book is its ability to translate this science into practice… The authors' long experience on the front lines of smoking cessation practice and cutting-edge research on smoking cessation is evident in the many practical and concrete recommendations. The format of the book makes it a pleasure to read."
John R. Hughes, M.D., Department of Psychiatry, University of Vermont, Burlington, USA

  • Distils the key messages to be incorporated in smoking cessation services.
  • Includes multiple choice questions to test and reinforce knowledge.
  • Arms the reader with frequently asked questions posed by clients, along with suggested ideal answers.
  • Offers model statements to share with clients, tailored to specific scenarios.
  • Provides advice on pharmacotherapies, including Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and Bupropion (Zyban); supplemented by appendices related to prescribing.
  • Coverage ranges from brief interventions to intensive one-to-one support, along with telephone counselling and group interventions.