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GPs wary of smoking guidelines

GPs have warned new national training guidelines to standardise smoking cessation services could hinder, not help.

The training standards released last week by the Health Development Agency aim to help PCTs meet a Government target of assisting 900 smokers to successfully quit every year ­ a 170 per cent rise.

Government figures last month revealed a negligible rise in quitters despite a near doubling in prescriptions for smoking cessation.

The new standard describes three types of support GPs can give, culminating in intensive one-to-one sessions.

RCGP smoking cessation spokeswoman Dr Catti Moss, a GP in Guilsborough, North-amptonshire, said: 'The guidelines may do as much harm as good.'

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