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Tobacco: Harm-reduction approaches to smoking (PH 45)

Creator:

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

Subject Keywords: Tobacco smoke
Set: Cancer
Chronic Conditions
Conditions
Prevention
Type: Guideline
Region: United Kingdom
Description:

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:

  • may not be able (or do not want) to stop smoking in one step
  • may want to stop smoking, without necessarily giving up nicotine
  • may not be ready to stop smoking, but want to reduce the amount they smoke.

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.

Date:

04/06/2013

Rights: © NICE
Suggested citation:

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: 17th November 2017].

  

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