Smoking Cessation in Patients with Cardiovascular Disease

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Serena Tonstad M.D, Ph.D

Around 7 million people in the UK are living with cardiovascular disease (CVD). It’s responsible for 25% of all deaths – over 150,000 deaths each year in the UK, 42,000 of these are in people under 75 years of age.

CVD costs the NHS an estimated £9 billion, and costs the UK economy an estimated £19 billion each year (1). Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common form of CVD, and is one of the UK’s leading causes of death, accounting for 66,000 deaths per year – around a third of these in people under 75 years of age. It is the leading cause of death worldwide.

There are 2.3 million people living with CHD in the UK (1). In January 2019, a panel of three cardiologists with an interest in smoking cessation met to dis- cuss the issues surrounding this important part of risk factor modification.

Are cardiologists doing enough to help their patients stop smoking? What more could they be doing?