The Department of Health (DH) asked the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to produce public health guidance on school-based interventions to prevent the uptake of smoking among children and young people.

For the purposes of this guidance, 'schools' is used to refer to the following educational establishments:

  • maintained and independent primary, secondary and special schools

  • city technology colleges and academies

  • pupil referral units, secure training and local authority secure units

  • further education colleges

  • 'extended schools' where childcare or informal education is provided outside school hours.

The guidance is for commissioners, managers and practitioners who have a direct or indirect role in, and responsibility for, preventing the uptake of smoking by children and young people. This includes those working in the NHS, local authorities, education and the wider public, private, voluntary and community sectors. It may also be of interest to children and young people, their parents or carers and other members of the public.

The guidance complements, but does not replace, NICE guidance on: preventing the uptake of smoking by children and young people through mass-media and point-of-sale interventions; smoking cessation; and school-based interventions on alcohol (for further details, see section 7).

The Public Health Interventions Advisory Committee (PHIAC) developed these recommendations on the basis of two reviews of the evidence, an economic analysis, expert advice, stakeholder comments and fieldwork with practitioners and young people.

Members of PHIAC are listed in appendix A. The methods used to develop the guidance are summarised in appendix B. Supporting documents used to prepare this document are listed in appendix E.

Full details of the evidence collated, including fieldwork data and activities and stakeholder comments, are available on the NICE website, along with a list of the stakeholders involved and NICE's supporting process and methods manuals.

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