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Issue date: July 2007 NHS
Review date: May 2010
National Institute for
Health and Clinical Excellence
Quick reference guide
Varenicline for smoking cessation
1 Guidance Full guidance
1.1 Varenicline is recommended within its licensed This contains the following sections:
indications as an option for smokers who have 1 Guidance
expressed a desire to quit smoking.
2 The technology
1.2 Varenicline should normally be prescribed only as
3 The manufacturer's submission
part of a programme of behavioural support.
4 Consideration of the evidence
6 Recommendations for further research
NICE has developed tools to help organisations implement
this guidance (listed below). These are available on our 7 Related NICE guidance
website (www.nice.org.uk/TA123). 8 Review of guidance.
· Local costing template incorporating costing The full guidance also gives details of the Appraisal
report to estimate the savings and costs associated Committee and the sources of evidence considered. It is
with implementation. available from www.nice.org.uk/TA123guidance
· Audit criteria to monitor local practice.
`Understanding NICE guidance'
Further information Information for people who want to stop smoking is
Quick reference guide available from www.nice.org.uk/TA123publicinfo
This has been distributed to healthcare professionals For printed copies, phone the NHS Response Line on
working in the NHS in England and Wales (see 0870 1555 455 (quote reference number N1285).
www.nice.org.uk/TA123distributionlist). It is available from
For printed copies, phone the NHS Response Line on
0870 1555 455 (quote reference number N1284).
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This guidance is written in the following context
This guidance represents the view of the Institute, which was arrived at after careful consideration of the available
evidence. Healthcare professionals are expected to take it fully into account when exercising their clinical judgement.
This guidance does not, however, override the individual responsibility of healthcare professionals to make appropriate
decisions in the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or guardian or carer.
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Related NICE guidance
· Workplace health promotion: how to help
employees to stop smoking. NICE public health
intervention guidance 5 (2007). Available from:
· Brief interventions and referral for smoking cessation in
primary care and other settings. NICE public health
intervention guidance 1 (2006). Available from:
· Guidance on the use of nicotine replacement therapy
(NRT) and bupropion for smoking cessation. NICE
technology appraisal guidance 39 (2002). Available
NICE is developing the following guidance (details
available from www.nice.org.uk).…read more