This guideline covers smoking prevention interventions that are delivered in schools or other educational institutions. It aims to prevent children and young people aged under 19 from taking up smoking.
This guideline includes recommendations on:
- organisation-wide or 'whole-school' approaches
- adult-led interventions
- peer-led interventions
- staff training and development
- coordinating with local, regional and national tobacco control strategies
Who is it for?
- Healthcare professionals
- Commissioners and providers
- Education professionals
- People who work in the wider public, private, voluntary and community sectors
- Children, young people, and their families and carers
Is this guideline up to date?
We checked the guideline in April 2013 and the guidance will be partially updated.
Next review: To be scheduled
Guideline development process
This guidance was previously called school-based interventions to prevent smoking.
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.