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Understanding NICE guidance
Information for people who use NHS services
Varenicline for smoking cessation
NICE `technology This leaflet is about when varenicline should be used in the NHS in
appraisal guidance' England and Wales to help people stop smoking. It explains guidance
(advice) from NICE (the National Institute for Health and Clinical
advises on when
Excellence). It is written for people who want to give up smoking but it
and how drugs and may also be useful for their families or carers or anyone with an interest in
other treatments stopping smoking.
should be used in It does not describe treatments to help with stopping smoking in detail ­
the NHS. your doctor or nurse should discuss these with you. Some sources of
further information and support are inside this leaflet.
Information about NICE technology appraisal guidance 123
Issue date: July 2007

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This may not be What has NICE said?
the only possible
Varenicline is recommended as a possible treatment to help smokers
treatment to help who have said they want to stop smoking.
you to stop
Varenicline should normally be used only as part of a programme
smoking. Your that includes advice from a healthcare professional or other types
healthcare team of support.…read more

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What does this mean for me?
When NICE recommends a treatment, the NHS must ensure it is
available to those people it could help, normally within 3 months of
the guidance being issued. So, if you want to stop smoking, and
your doctor thinks that varenicline is the right treatment for you,
you should be able to have the treatment on the NHS. Please see if you appear to be eligible for the
treatment but it is not available.…read more

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About NICE
NICE produces advice (guidance) for the NHS about preventing, diagnosing and treating
different medical conditions. The guidance is written by independent experts including
healthcare professionals and people representing patients and carers. They consider all the
research on the disease or treatment, talk to people affected by it, and consider the costs
involved. Staff working in the NHS are expected to follow this guidance.
To find out more about NICE, its work and how it reaches decisions, see…read more


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