British Smokers Offered Free Mobile GP ‘Quit Smoking’ Consultations on World No Tobacco Day

To mark the World Health Organisation’s World No Tobacco Day on Tuesday 31 May MeeDoc – Europe’s largest telemedicine provider – will offer free mobile GP consultations to help smokers kick the habit for good.  

Anyone who requests a ‘Quit Smoking’ consultation through the MeeDoc app on Tuesday can use the code SMOKEFREE to receive a consultation free of charge.

They can get medical advice and treatment from an NHS-trained GP, who will talk them through the options, which range from prescribed medication to complementary therapies.

Commenting, Wille Komulainen, Chief Medical Officer of MeeDoc, said: “Research shows that 70% of smokers want to quit, but over 80% of those who try don’t succeed.  Getting well-informed, reliable and tailored advice from a GP can be one way of increasing your chances of success.  In fact, it has been shown that people who use medication to help them quit are three times more likely to succeed.

 

Key facts on smoking

  • In Great Britain 22% of adult men and 17% of adult women are smokers
  • Smoking prevalence is highest in the 25-34 age group (25%) and lowest amongst those aged 60 and over (11%)
  • Surveys show that about two-thirds of current smokers would like to stop smoking but only about 30%-40% make a quit attempt in a given year.
  • About half of all regular cigarette smokers will eventually be killed by their addiction.
  • Every year, around 100,000 smokers in the UK die from smoking related causes.

“To mark World No Tobacco Day, MeeDoc will offer free consultations to smokers looking to quit.  Our GPs will be on hand throughout the day to develop personalised treatment plans for each smoker who contacts them.  Detailed dietary and lifestyle advice will also be offered.”

MeeDoc is an online platform that enables patients to connect with a GP via their smartphone or desktop through a secure instant-messaging service.  No appointment is necessary and consultations remain open for as long as the doctor and patient need.  If the GP needs to see the patient, a video link can be opened.  If a prescription is required, the GP can fax it to a local pharmacy.

Consultations with MeeDoc normally cost £29.  However, the company will offer free consultations to smokers as part of a Europe-wide initiative to mark World Tobacco Day organised by the World Health Organisation.

“We are providing this special service for World No Tobacco Day across the UK,” adds Wille Komulainen.  “Reducing smoking rates is a public health goal that is common to all countries.”

Since it launched in the UK in April, MeeDoc is used by a growing number of GPs based across the UK and Europe.  The service originated in Finland in 2012.    

Further information is available at: www.meedoc.com and the app can be downloaded free from the App Store and Google Play for iOS, Android and desktop.

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Contact: Alex Kent, The Honey Partnership, Tel: +44 (0) 7538 730650, Email: alex@makehoney.com  

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About MeeDoc

MeeDoc is a telemedicine company that reduces primary care costs by up to 50% through its online and mobile platform.  The company was founded in 2012 by doctors, designers and engineers and now has offices in London, Helsinki, New York and Berlin.  MeeDoc provides healthcare consultation and prescriptions via a CE-certified medical device and is CQC compliant online platform.  It is available through iOS, Android and on the web.

World No Tobacco Day is an initiative of the World Health Organisation (WHO), and falls annually on 31st May.