Treatment – tobacco

Smokers urged to swap cigarettes for vapes in world first scheme (2023)
One million smokers will be encouraged to swap cigarettes for vapes under a pioneering new ‘swap to stop’ scheme designed to improve the health of the nation and cut smoking rates. As part of the world-first national scheme, almost 1 in 5 of all smokers in England will be provided with a vape starter kit alongside behavioural support to help them quit the habit as part of a series of new measures to help the government meet its ambition of being smokefree by 2030 – reducing smoking rates to 5% or less. Local authorities will be invited to take part in the scheme later this year and each will design a scheme which suits its needs, including deciding which populations to prioritise | DHSC, UK

Tobacco: preventing uptake, promoting quitting and treating dependence (2021)
This guideline covers support to stop smoking for everyone aged 12 and over, and help to reduce people’s harm from smoking if they are not ready to stop in one go. It also covers ways to prevent children, young people and young adults aged 24 and under from taking up smoking | NICE, UK

Tobacco Harm Reduction: A Burning Issue for Asia (2021)
Sixty per cent of the world’s smokers live in this region and almost half the global deaths from smoking occur here. Asia is also home to nine in every ten users of smokeless tobacco, leading to high rates of oral cancer. In a number of countries, public health is severely undermined where governments either control or have a significant stake in domestic tobacco companies. New solutions are needed to tackle the public health threat from smoking and tobacco use – but safer nicotine products are banned in many countries. Would tobacco harm reduction improve public health in Asia? And if so – what are the obstacles that stand in its way? | GSTHR, UK

Stop smoking interventions and services, 2018
This guideline covers stop smoking interventions and services delivered in primary care and community settings for everyone over the age of 12. It aims to ensure that everyone who smokes is advised and encouraged to stop and given the support they need. It emphasises the importance of targeting vulnerable groups who find smoking cessation hard or who smoke a lot | NICE and PHE, UK

E-cigarettes and heated tobacco products: evidence review, 2018
Annual update of Public Health England’s e-cigarette evidence review by leading independent tobacco experts | PHE, UK

Changing behaviours: electronic cigarettes, 2017 (PDF)
This report recommends that e-cigarettes should be actively promoted as a method for stopping smoking. Its authors also recommend improving education about the relative harms of smoking, nicotine, and e-cigarettes and offering e-cigarettes as part of NHS Stop Smoking Services | BPS, UK

CLeaR local tobacco control assessment, 2017
Guidance for local authorities, public health bodies and the NHS on using ‘deep dive’ self-assessment tools to improve their tobacco control work | PHE, UK

Towards a smoke-free generation: tobacco control plan for England, 2017
Outlining plans to reduce smoking in England, with the aim of creating a smoke-free generation | DoH, UK

Cost of smoking to the NHS in England: 2015
Data on the cost of smoking to the NHS to support the development of the new Tobacco Control Plan for England | PHE, UK

Guidelines for implementation of Article 14 of the WHO Framework. Convention on Tobacco Control (Demand reduction measures concerning tobacco dependence and cessation), 2010 (PDF)
The purpose of these guidelines is to assist Parties in meeting their obligations under Article 14 of the WHO FCTC, consistent with their obligations under other provisions of the Convention and with the intentions of the Conference of the Parties, on the basis of the best available scientific evidence and taking into account national circumstances and priorities | WHO, Switzerland