Tobacco and smoking: policy, regulation and guidance

These documents support local healthcare systems dealing with the harm of tobacco and provide guidance for manufacturers and importers on UK regulation.

Commissioners, service providers and the NHS can use these resources to help identify need and plan interventions to reduce smoking in their communities. Manufacturers, importers and retailers of tobacco products can find information to support compliance with UK regulation.

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England’s policy on tobacco and smoking

UK tobacco products regulation

Tobacco and smoking data and statistics

Public Health England (PHE) publishes Local Tobacco Control Profiles for England. These are snapshots of tobacco use, tobacco related harm and local measures to reduce this harm.

  1. Adult smoking habits in the UK: 2016
  2. Cost of smoking to the NHS in England: 2015

Evidence reviews

Guidance for commissioners and stop smoking services

Information and advice for healthcare professionals

Guidance to support a smokefree NHS

Guidance to support smokefree prisons and secure settings

PHE protocol for engaging with the tobacco industry

Published 16 April 2018
Last updated 23 August 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added Stop smoking options: guidance for conversations with patients.
  2. First published.