This guideline covers anti-smoking mass-media campaigns, for example, on TV, in newspapers and online. It also covers measures to prevent tobacco being sold to children and young people. The aim is to help prevent children and young people from taking up smoking.
In November 2014 we removed mentions of vending machines from recommendations 4 and 5 to reflect the ban on the sale of tobacco from vending machines, which came into effect in October 2011 in England.
This guideline makes recommendations on:
- mass-media campaigns, including how to develop them and the type of messages to put across
- illegal sales and how to prevent them
Who is it for?
- NHS, local authorities, the criminal justice system and others working in the public, voluntary and community sectors
- Mass-media services
- Children, young people and their carers and other members of the public
Is this guideline up to date?
We checked this guideline in November 2014 and we will update it.
Next review: To be scheduled
Guideline development process
This guideline was previously called ‘preventing the uptake of smoking by children and young people’.
The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or service users. The application of the recommendations in this guideline is not mandatory and the guideline does not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.
Local commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients or service users wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.
Commissioners and providers have a responsibility to promote an environmentally sustainable health and care system and should assess and reduce the environmental impact of implementing NICE recommendations wherever possible.