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9 September, 2018

Smoking Cessation Unit, the most effective way to stop smoking

For a few weeks now, the Pulmonology Department at barnaclínic+ has had a specific Unit for “stopping smoking”. Led by Dr Jacobo Sellerés, the barnaclínic+ Smoking Cessation Unit is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of this illness and it specialises in treating complex smokers and patients with Diffuse Interstitial Lung Disease (DILD).


With the ultimate aim of “stopping smoking”, thebarnaclínic+ Smoking Cessation Unit tackles this illness in a personalised, multidisciplinary way. Based on personalised psychological advice, a number of clinical tests are conducted and a pharmacological treatment is followed based on the guidelines which have proven to be most efficient. In fact, the system used for smoking cessation in the unit has proven to be the most successful scientifically. As Dr Sellarés affirms: “In respiratory patients, we have demonstrated 50–60% efficacy in smoking cessation using intensive therapy”.

“In respiratory patients, we have demonstrated 50–60% efficacy in smoking cessation using intensive therapy”

Dr Jacobo Sellarés

Dr Jacobo Sellarés, a leading authority in smoking treatment and DILD

Dr Jacobo Sellarés, specialist in pulmonology and head of the barnaclínic+ smoking cessation clinic, has been treating smokers and patients with Diffuse Interstitial Lung Disease (DILD) for over 10 years. He is currently coordinating several lines of research focusing on the effects of smoking on different chronic respiratory diseases. His DILD programme has been accredited as a “Multidisciplinary Unit of High Complexity” in the category of excellence by the Spanish Society for Pulmonology


The range of treatments offered by the barnaclínic+ Smoking Cessation Unit is based on intensive therapy, comprising follow-up visits and personalised pharmacological treatment.

On the first visit, a joint evaluation is made of the patient: their tobacco dependence is analysed and a personalised action and treatment plan is drawn up. The patient then attends the full package of visits (6) and implements the treatment defined. If the package of 6 visits is not sufficient, additional appointments can be included until the smoking cessation treatment has finished and the patient has successfully stopping smoking.

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