NICE smoking cessation guideline
This summary covers recommendations on encouraging smoking cessation, engaging with people who smoke, and training to support stop smoking services.
Treating smoking-related illness costs the NHS £2.5 billion a year, and the wider societal cost is estimated to be £12.7 billion a year. There has been a decrease in the number of people using stop smoking services, and the number of prescriptions for stop smoking medications has also reduced by over 50% since 2011. Strategies such as engaging with people who smoke, nicotine replacement therapy, and e-cigarettes can help patients quit smoking.
This Guidelines for Nurses summary replaces our summary of the NICE stop smoking services guideline and covers recommendations on stop smoking interventions, education and training, and e-cigarettes.