PHE has developed a summary document to support healthcare professionals in discussing the latest information on stop smoking aids and advising patients wishing either to participate in Stoptober or make a separate quit attempt.

It draws on a variety of resources from several professional organisations to provide an overview of available guidance, tools and training.

PHE has also published Stop smoking options: guidance for conversations with patients, which gives guidance to support conversations between clinicians and people who want to quit smoking on what method to choose. The following options are covered in the guidance:

  • Unassisted quitting
  • Self-managed quitting
  • Quitting with expert support
  • Temporarily quitting
  • Cutting down.


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