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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…


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