The Family Practitioner's Role in Smoking Cessation

  • Dr Guy Parr
Keywords: Smoking, Physician-patient Relations, Patient Co-operation.


Smoking is the most wide-spread example of drug dependence, and although most GPs feel a sense of inadequacy in this field,they themselves are the most powerful therapeutic tools in getting their patients to stop. The problem of non-compliance is discussed and a few helpful suggestions are given, especially the value of a good doctor-patient relationship.

Author Biography

Dr Guy Parr
BSc (Med), MBChB (UCT), MFGP (SA)