Tobacco harm reduction


  • Overview
  • Pre-test
  • Introduction
  • What is harm reduction?
  • Tobacco harm reduction
  • Choosing a harm reduction approach
  • Learning scenario
  • Learning scenario (answers)
  • Behavioural support
  • Learning scenario
  • Learning scenario (answers)
  • Advising on licensed nicotine-containing products
  • Follow-up appointments
  • Supporting temporary abstinence
  • E-cigarettes
  • Learning scenario
  • Learning scenario (answers)
  • Regulation
  • Professional policy
  • Post-Test
  • Action & Evaluation


This CPD module is on Tobacco Harm Reduction. It will consider harm reduction approaches and how pharmacists can use these in their smoking cessation counselling.

Record your learning from this module and how you applied it in your practice using the action and evaluation record at the end


To give an overview of tobacco harm reduction and how pharmacists can incorporate harm reduction approaches into their daily practice as regards helping people to quit smoking.


After completing this module you should be able to:

  • Describe what is meant by harm reduction in relation to smoking
  • Understand the key points in the NICE guidance on harm reduction approaches to smoking and how they might apply in practice.

Contributing author: 

Andrea Tarr, BPharm, MSc, MRPharmS, clinical and medical writer.

How to use this module

You can test your existing understanding of this topic by completing the initial pre-test. Then work through the module before taking the post-test to see if your knowledge has improved.

Record your learning and how you applied it in your practice using the action and evaluation record at the end of this module, which will then be stored in your personal learning log. You must be registered on the website to do this.

Continuing professional development (CPD) is a statutory requirement for pharmacists. Completion of this module will contribute to the nine pieces of CPD that must be recorded a year, as stipulated by the GPhC.


Working in association with the RPS Faculty

These CPD modules are an important part of advancing your professional development, providing you with essential knowledge and skills.
They can be considered alongside other activities for inclusion in your RPS Faculty portfolio. The RPS Faculty is a professional recognition programme for all pharmacists in all sectors at all stages of their career and involves assessment of a practice-based portfolio that recognises your professional development. This allows you to demonstrate to others your level of attainment and stage of advanced practice. It also helps you identify what you need to know at different stages of your career. Start your Faculty journey by accessing the portfolio and tools at


Click here to download a PDF of the module as it appeared in print. You can still use your online learning log to record your learning outcomes and impact on your practice.


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