This quality standard covers reducing and preventing tobacco use in adults, young people and children. It includes interventions to discourage people from taking up smoking, tobacco control strategies and smokefree policies. It is particularly relevant to local authorities, schools and colleges, employers and NHS service providers. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

It does not cover support for people to stop smoking or harm-reduction approaches to smoking, which are covered by NICE’s quality standards for smoking: supporting people to stop and smoking: harm reduction.

Keeping quality standards up to date

We checked this quality standard in 2017. The source guidance on smoking cessation interventions and services is being updated and we are assessing what changes will need to be made to the quality standard.

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