Journal reading

Update on medicines for smoking cessation

Persistent cigarette smokers usually have a nicotine addiction. This addiction has a chronic relapsing and sometimes remitting course and may persist lifelong.

Mike McDonough, Aust Prescr 2015;38:106-11

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Medicines for smoking cessation

CPD Points

This activity should take approximately 1 hour to complete. It can be included in a pharmacist’s CPD Plan for either one Group 1 credit or, on successful completion of the assessment activity, two Group 2 credits. Pharmacists should self-record this activity for CPD purposes.

Pharmacy Competency Standards

  • 6.1 Assess primary healthcare needs
  • 6.2 Deliver primary health care
  • 6.3 Contribute to public and preventive health
  • 7.3 Influence patterns of medicine use


This activity has been designed to take around 1 hour to complete - this is based on reading the article from an issue of Australian Prescriber and completing a quiz. You will be provided with immediate feedback on your answers and a certificate of completion will be available for you to download for self-reporting purposes.


Learning objectives

  1. Understand the use of drugs in smoking cessation.
  2. Apply knowledge of smoking cessation drugs in practice.