Herts guidance – stop smoking medication

Helping an individual to stop smoking includes understanding their lifestyle, personal preferences and previous experience of attempting to stop smoking before discussing the various treatment options available. Using medication effectively with behavioural support increases an individual’s chances of stopping smoking by up to 4 times.

It is therefore important to provide a choice of interventions, accompanied by supporting information regarding relative chances of success, the effects and possible side effects of different treatment options as well as ensuring ease of access to their treatment of choice.

This guidance is in line with NICE guidance, the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) recommendations and the Summary of Product Characteristics for the included products.

This guidance is intended to improve and standardise practice in Hertfordshire and reduce unnecessary prescribing cost. Hertfordshire Guidance – Stop smoking medication 2017 -2019 V4 FINAL (002)


Here is the ‘staying switched’ leaflet from University of East Anglia’s (UEA). This gives practical, simple advice to vapers on how to stay stopped from smoking (relapse prevention), and has been developed in partnership between UEA as part of CRUK funded research, the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training and the New Nicotine Alliance.

This is a useful resource to address a long standing gap in relapse prevention. The authors are keen to get this out there as widely as possible so please do share. If possible please let UEA know where it is shared so that they can attempt to keep track. Copies are available free to stop smoking services (email addiction.research@uea.ac.uk) and UEA are distributing to some vape shops in their local area.