NICE smoking harm reduction guideline

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An easy-to-read summary of NICE's guideline on harm-reduction approaches to smoking including smoking cessation, reduction, and temporary abstinence.

Toxins and carcinogens in tobacco smoke contribute to many illnesses, cancer and death. Smoking cessation in one step (‘abrupt smoking’) has the greatest chance of lasting success, however for those unable or unwilling to stop smoking completely there are strategies to reduce the harm of smoking. These strategies support stopping smoking temporarily or cutting back (for example, to avoid smoking during pregnancy) through the use of nicotine replacement medications, devices and psychological and behavioural therapies.

This Guidelines summary includes recommendations for harm prevention strategies supporting how to stop smoking, including fostering self-help, communication advice and behavioural support. Information on providing advice for and supplying nicotine replacement therapies is also included.

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