This guideline covers people living in England with ancestral links to Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka who use traditional South Asian varieties of smokeless tobacco. The aim is to help them stop using tobacco that is placed in the mouth or nose (but not burned). It does not include oral snuff products that are sucked.
This guideline includes recommendations on:
- assessing local need
- working with local South Asian communities in areas of identified need
- commissioning smokeless tobacco services in areas of identified need
- providing brief advice and referral: GPs, pharmacists and other health professionals
- specialist tobacco cessation services in areas of identified need
- training for practitioners in areas of identified need
Who is it for?
- Commissioners and providers of tobacco cessation services (including stop smoking services)
- Health education and training services
- Health and wellbeing boards and local authority elected members
- Health, public health and social care practitioners
- People who want to stop using smokeless tobacco, their families and other members of the public
Guideline development process
This guideline was previously called smokeless tobacco cessation: South Asian communities.
The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals and practitioners are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or the people using their service. It is not mandatory to apply the recommendations, and the guideline does not override the responsibility to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual, in consultation with them and their families and carers or guardian.
Local commissioners and providers of healthcare have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual professionals and people using services 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 complying 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.