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Smokers are up to 4x more likely to quit smoking when offered support from a healthcare professional1, compared to willpower alone. 

2/3 of smokers want to quit,2 very brief advice (VBA) from a GP can help them do so successfully.

Access training modules on very brief advice at The National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) - click here >

The 3-step VBA model starts with 2 simple questions:3

Are you a smoker?
Are you still smoking?


1. ASK3
Find out your patients’ smoking status

The consultation is the natural time to ask your patients about their smoking status. Once you have established that they do smoke, questions such as the following can determine their likely attitudes to quitting:
“Are you aware of the benefits to your health if you quit smoking?”

Offer help that can increase their chances of quitting

Tell your patients that the most successful way to quit is with professional support.1
“It can be very difficult to quit on your own, but we now know that specialist support and medication makes it up to 4 times more likely for you to stop, compared to using willpower alone.”1

3. ACT3
Give your patient the tools to quit smoking

Help your patient to start their quit attempt:
"I can prescribe a treatment for you now to give you the best chance of becoming nicotine free."


Put your patients on the path to quitting smoking - ASK, ADVISE and ACT 


1. West, R. (2012) Stop smoking services: increased chances of quitting. NCSCT Briefing #8. London; National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training.
2. West R, Fidler J. (2011) Smoking and Smoking Cessation in England 2010. Available from www.smokinginengland.info. [Accessed June 2017].
3. http://www.ncsct.co.uk/publication_very-brief-advice.php - Accessed Jan 2018

PP-CHM-GBR-1781. April 2018

Very Brief Advice