Stopping smoking

Smoking is the single largest cause of preventable illness and premature death, responsible for approximately 80,000 deaths a year in England. Therefore smoking cessation is regarded as one of the most effective public health interventions.

Until recently, the main tools for smoking cessation have been behavioural support, nicotine replacement therapy, or oral bupropion or varenicline. However, e-cigarette use is becoming more popular and is currently considered one of the most effective quitting aids in England.

Below you can find links to various aspects of smoking cessation, including data, training and further details about stop smoking campaigns:


Data and evidence

Health matters: Stopping smoking - what works? 

Stop smoking services data return

Models of delivery for stop smoking services: options and evidence

Smokefree (quit support)

NHS Choices – find a stop smoking service

Case study - Barnsley 


Training and assessment

NCSCT (2014) Stop smoking service delivery and monitoring guidance 2014/15. London: National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training:

Michie S, Atkins L, West R (2014) The Behaviour Change Wheel: A Guide to Designing Interventions. London: Silverback: 

CLeaR Tobacco Control Self-Assessment: 

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment packs:

Principles and indicators:



Ash Ready Reckoner 

Nice Return on Investment Tools, Alcohol and Tobacco: a toolkit for employers 



Vaping in England: an evidence update 

E-cigarettes: an evidence update

Electronic cigarettes: A report commissioned by Public Health England

RGCP: Position statement on e-cigarettes  

BMA: Position paper on the regulation of e-cigarettes 

NFCC: E-cigarette use in smokefree NHS settings 



Campaign resource centre


Health harms

One you quit support

Health Matters

Rise Above Smoking (for schools)