In June 2013 NICE published guidance on tobacco harm reduction for the first time. The guidance is intended to support those smokers who are highly dependent on nicotine and not ready or able to quit in one step. It provides Stop Smoking Services with an alternative approach to helping these smokers. It also makes recommendations about how we can create an environment in which more smokers take some action to address their smoking even if they are not yet ready to quit.
The recommendations cover:
ASH has been working with NICE, Public Health England, the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training, Smokefree South West and Fresh North East to support local areas to think through how this new NICE guidance can be implemented locally.
The materials below (PDFs) were developed with feedback from those working in local tobacco control across six regional seminars at the end of 2013. They are intended to support the implementation of NICE guidance on tobacco harm reduction.
- Possible roles for local stakeholders against each of the NICE recommendations
- A framework for local areas to use as they develop a local strategy for harm reduction
- A short summary of actions local areas could take on tobacco harm reduction.
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