Taking action on smoking and health
Optometrists have a wide range of skills and are the most knowledgeable about eye health and they and their opticians team are very capable of giving respected, sensitively delivered advice. Optical practice teams are well placed to inform patients that stopping smoking is the best move they can make in support of their general wellbeing.
To support this crucial public health intervention ASH Scotland has teamed up with the RNIB, the Association of Optometrists and NHS Inform Scotland to design a stop smoking advice card. Two-thirds of current smokers wish to quit smoking. Thus, with such a high percentage wanting to stop smoking, the distribution of an informative advice card will provide a means for eyecare teams to reinforce smoking advice to their patients and customers.
An opticians could play a larger part in preventing the biggest cause of avoidable death and ill-health in Scotland. Of course, parents giving up smoking send a great message to children about looking after their health.
Around 20 optical practices in Scotland are being invited to sign the Charter and pilot the use of the new stop smoking advice cards during 2018. The learning from this initiative will inform the roll-out of future initiatives to improve stop smoking support through optometry.
Practices wishing to participate may contact David Robertson.
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Action on Smoking & Health (Scotland) (ASH Scotland) is a registered Scottish charity (SC 010412) and a company limited by guarantee(Scottish company no 141711). The registered office is 8 Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 2HB.
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