We know that giving up cigarettes is incredibly hard, so it’s important to give people help when they need it. That can mean having someone to talk to and, often, being given some sort of nicotine replacement therapy to help with cravings. (This could be patches, gum, e-cigarettes or something else.)
We keep hearing that hospital staff aren’t very good at prescribing nicotine replacement therapy for people in A&E.
That’s really horrible for someone who hasn’t managed to quit yet. They end up suffering withdrawal symptoms at the same time as the health problems sent them to A&E in the first place.
It’s also a missed opportunity, as a lot of people want to quit when they’re first taken into hospital.
Have you ever experienced something like this?
It would be really helpful to hear from you if you’ve been to A&E and weren’t asked whether you’d like help with cravings.
Please let me know your experiences. If you don’t want to post it here, you can always send me a personal message, or email me on Bethany.firstname.lastname@example.org.