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Hardcore smokers


A substantial subgroup of smokers is very resistant to the notion of stopping smoking, new research finds.

A substantial subgroup of smokers is very resistant to the notion of stopping smoking, new research finds.

Around 16 per cent of 1,170 smokers registered with 73 GPs were 'hardcore', a study found.

The researchers said hardcore smokers helped to make up the 97 to 99 per cent of smokers who did not quit after being advised by GPs, and practices needed to devise strategies for those patients who were very negative about quitting.

The study authors, from the University of Nottingham, concluded: 'These smokers are very resistant to the notion of stopping smoking, but are more highly addicted to nicotine than other smokers.

'GPs need to find approaches for raising the issue of smoking during consultations in ways that do not reinforce the negative opinions of hardcore smokers concerning smoking cessation.'

The research was published in BMC Family Practice (March).

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