Brief interventions and referral for smoking cessation (PH1)
Fast, easy summary view of NICE guidance on 'smoking'
Specific, concise statements that act as markers of high-quality, cost-effective patient care
This guidance is for GPs and other professionals working in local health services – in primary care trusts (PCTs), pharmacies and dental practices – and NHS hospitals.
The recommendations include the following advice:
- Ask people who smoke how interested they are in quitting.
- If they want to stop, refer them to an intensive support service such as NHS Stop Smoking Services.
- If they are unwilling or unable to accept a referral, offer a stop smoking aid (pharmacotherapy).
- A range of NHS agencies should offer advice and support on how to stop smoking.
- Monitoring systems should be set up so that health professionals know whether or not their patients smoke.
This guidance has been incorporated into the following NICE Pathways, along with other related guidance and products.
Visit the NICE Pathway: smoking
This page was last updated: 11 October 2013
Implementation tools and resources
- Audit support
- Costing report
- Costing template
- Implementation advice
- Smoking cessation: online educational tool
- Tobacco control return on investment tool for local government
See this guidance in practice
The summary of the key recommendations in the guidance written for patients, carers and those with little medical knowledge and may be used in local patient information leaflets.
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