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I'm banning NRT for January

Having just spent one of my first surgeries back after the seasonal break dishing out NRT to feckless fag-smokers, might I suggest something to the DoH? That there be an embargo on NRT scrips for the whole of January?

Having just spent one of my first surgeries back after the seasonal break dishing out NRT to feckless fag-smokers, might I suggest something to the DoH? That there be an embargo on NRT scrips for the whole of January?



In my entirely opinion-based world of medicine, I'm convinced that the success rate for stopping smoking is lower at this time of year. Why? Because the New Year's Resolution is an entirely arbitrary and largely media-fuelled device.

Those who really wanted to give up the ciggies – or any other unhealthy lifestyle, from the lardburger to terminal, sofa-welded indolence– would have done so, at a time best suited to potential success.

New Year's Day, on the other hand, is an artificial and weak stimulus guaranteed to end in failure. Why do we indulge in it? Worse still, why does the NHS subsidise this fatuous and futile charade?

So I'm taking a unilateral stand. Those who suddenly want to give up smoking will have to wait until February – let's see how many remain motivated – because I'm not prescribing any more NRT this month. That's my New Year Resolution.

Copperfield blog

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