Update from NICE meeting on smoking cessation

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Public Health Advisory Committee responsible for updating the guidance on Smoking Cessation: Interventions and Services, held a public meeting in London on 11th and 12th July 2017 to discuss the latest version of the guidance. The clinical evidence supporting the role of e-cigarettes and vaping in helping smokers reduce and stop smoking was extensively discussed by the committee members.

There was consensus that the updated guidance should recommend the use of e-cigarettes and vaping, regulated under either TPDII or medicinal legislation, for those wanting to stop smoking. The committee also acknowledged that e-cigarettes and vaping provide the most benefit when used to completely replace tobacco use.

NICE are currently revising the draft guidance ahead of its publication for public consultation on 20th September 2017.