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)