This guideline covers how employers can encourage and support employees to stop smoking. It aims to reduce the number of people who smoke or are exposed to second-hand smoke and the rate of diseases and conditions caused by smoking.


This guideline includes recommendations on:

Who is it for?

  • Employers, including local authorities and the community, voluntary and private sectors
  • Employee and trade union representatives
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Commissioners and providers
  • People who work at smoking cessation services
  • People over 16 who smoke and are in paid or voluntary employment outside their own home
  • Members of the public

Is this guideline up to date?

We checked this guideline in July 2014. We identified no major studies that will affect the recommendations in the next 3–5 years.

Next review: 2019

Guideline development process

How we develop NICE guidelines

This guideline was previously called workplace interventions to promote smoking cessation.

Your responsibility

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.