Helping smokers with current or past depression quit smoking can be challenging. A range of online resources and telephone services are available for clinicians to complement smoking cessation treatment for these patients.
- Continuing smokers with depression are more likely to be nicotine dependent, to smoke more heavily and to have problems stopping smoking.
- It is important to understand the specific relation between depression and smoking in individual patients.
- Addressing both smoking cessation and depression has multiple benefits for mental and physical health.
- Useful strategies to help patients quit include motivational interviewing and development of a smoking cessation plan in collaboration with patients.
- A collaborative multifaceted approach is often required, with referral to Quitline, to a tobacco treatment specialist and/or for psychological support.
- A range of online resources and telephone services are available for use by clinicians to complement treatment.