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:
- providing information, advice, guidance and support to employees
- allowing staff to attend smoking cessation services during working hours
- developing a smoking cessation policy
- offering smoking cessation interventions, including psychological and pharmacological interventions
- offering support to employers who want to help their employees to stop smoking
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.
Guideline development process
This guideline was previously called workplace interventions to promote smoking cessation.
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.
All problems (adverse events) related to a medicine or medical device used for treatment or in a procedure should be reported to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency using the Yellow Card Scheme.
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.