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National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
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Nicotine inhaled from smoking tobacco is highly addictive. But it is primarily the toxins and carcinogens in tobacco smoke – not the nicotine – that cause illness and death. The best way to reduce these illnesses and deaths is to stop smoking – ideally, stopping in one step (sometimes called ‘abrupt quitting’).
However, there are other ways of reducing the harm from smoking, even though this may involve continued use of nicotine. This guidance is about helping people, particularly those who are highly dependent on nicotine, who:
It recommends harm-reduction approaches which may or may not include temporary or long-term use of licensed nicotine-containing products.
The guidance is for: commissioners, managers and practitioners with public health as part of their remit, organisations that provide education and training, manufacturers and retailers of licensed nicotine-containing products.
It is especially aimed at those involved in providing advice about stopping smoking, including those working in smoking cessation services.
The recommendations cover awareness-raising, advising on, providing and selling licensed nicotine-containing products; self-help materials; behavioural support; and education and training for practitioners.
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). (2013) Tobacco: Harm-reduction approaches to smoking (PH 45) [Online]. Available from: http://www.thehealthwell.info/node/501587 [Accessed: 30th March 2017].
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