Recommendations for research

Recommendations for research

The guideline committee has made the following recommendations for research.

1 Digital media

How effective and cost effective are stop smoking interventions delivered using web‑based packages or apps?

Why this is important

There is limited evidence on the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of digital media as an adjunct to specialist help. Web-based packages and apps are cheap, easy to access and freely available. So it is important to find out whether they work in the short or longer term.

2 Carbon monoxide monitoring

What is the validity of different thresholds of carbon monoxide in exhaled breath as markers of quitting, based on diagnostic review and modelling?

Why this is important

Recommended thresholds for showing that a person has stopped smoking vary depending on factors such as the measurement method, the target population, when the guidance was developed and manufacturer recommendations. Being around other smokers or in areas with heavily polluted air can influence the accuracy of the results. It is important to have valid markers of abstinence to monitor the success of interventions.

  • Public Health England
  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)