Brief interventions and referral for smoking cessation

NICE guidelines [PH1] Published date:

Review decision: 

Any update deemed necessary will be incorporated in the partial update of PH10 scheduled to start in November 2015.

Next review date: TBC

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.

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