We have produced a series of practical briefings for healthcare professionals, who help people to stop smoking, that cover many of the key issues that arise when giving advice to smokers.
To find out more about the briefings, and to read them online free of charge, click on the links below.
Integrated health behaviour services briefing This briefing takes a hard look at the evidence on whether integrated health behaviour (lifestyle) services are effective and cost-effective, and makes recommendations about how the commissioning of s ... [More]
Varenicline SPC update This briefing reports on the findings of the large and comprehensive EAGLES study into the safety and efficacy of varenicline, and on the changes to the summary of product characteristics. ... [More]
Four week quit rate briefing This briefing answers the question we are often asked about whether assessing abstinence at 12 weeks gives us a better idea of the number of clients of Stop Smoking Services who will become permanen ... [More]
The 'Not-a-Puff' rule The ‘Not-a-Puff’ rule is associated with better outcomes than gradual cessation, in both supported and unsupported quit attempts.
The ‘Not-a-Puff’ rule involves assisting smokers to stop ... [More]
Smoking and bone health Poor bone health has a devastating impact in the UK, both in terms of disease morbidity and mortality as well as financial costs.
Smoking has long been acknowledged to be a risk factor for poor ... [More]
Combination NRT The need for this briefing was established when the NHS Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) accompanied the Department of Health (DH) Tobacco Control Delivery Team on a number of regio ... [More]
Smoking reduction Smoking reduction, cutting down the cigarettes smoked per day, is common in the UK.
However, the amount that smokers cut down by is relatively small and there is little evidence to suggest that r ... [More]
Varenicline: effectiveness and safety Despite the evidence on safety and efficacy, getting some local medicines management and prescribers to accept varenicline as an equal ‘first line’ treatment option was in some cases difficult.
Managing post-cessation weight gain Weight gain is a common consequence of stopping smoking but many experts in smoking cessation play this down and often the advice given to clients about possible weight gain and weight management st ... [More]
Waterpipe tobacco smoking This briefing addresses the misheld belief that waterpipe smoking is a low risk activity.
Waterpipe tobacco smoking is increasing and the UK has reported a 210% rise in the number of waterpipe c ... [More]
NCSCT Final Report This final quarterly report of the three-year Department of Health (DH) funded period of operation for the NHS Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) relates to the period 1 January to 31 M ... [More]