Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) has released new guidance for Healthcare Professionals on Smoking Cessation.
This document suggests that Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) should be used to help smokers to cut down as well as to stop, although it is clear that stopping completely is still the best option when it comes to health.
ASH Director, Deborah Arnott said:
"Although quitting altogether is obviously best for health, smokers who want to cut down first need help, and NRT can and should be used to support them. We consider this an essential measure of harm reduction for smokers, and part of an overall harm reduction strategy which, once we achieve a law to end workplace smoking, must be the next major step forward in combating the health damage done by cigarettes."
Action: Patients who express a desire to stop smoking or to cut down should be supported with NRT. ASH recommends that regular reviews of progress are undertaken with treatment continued where there is evidence of reduced consumption.