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Landmark guidance on tobacco harm reduction

10 June 2013

Landmark guidance to reduce tobacco-related harm for people who don't feel able to stop smoking in one step was puoblished last week by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Marcus Munafo of TARG was on the working group that developed the guidelines.

Landmark guidance to reduce tobacco-related harm for people who don't feel able to stop smoking in one step was published last week by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Marcus Munafo of TARG was on the working group that developed the guidelines.

The NICE public health guidance is the first in the world to recommend that licensed nicotine-containing products can be used to help people to reduce the amount they smoke, especially those who are highly dependent on nicotine. This includes people who may not be able to stop smoking in one go, those who want to stop smoking without necessarily giving up nicotine, and those who might not be ready to stop but want to reduce the amount they smoke.

For more information about the new NICE guidance, please go to the NICE website.

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