Doctors should advise smokers on using e-cigarettes, says NICEBMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1449 (Published 28 March 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k1449
- Gareth Iacobucci
- The BMJ
GPs should offer advice to patients who smoke about using e-cigarettes containing nicotine, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has said.
New guidance published on 28 March acknowledges that the evidence on e-cigarettes “is still developing, including evidence on the long-term health impact.”1
But, in an update to existing NICE guidance, it advises GPs engaging with patients who smoke to “offer advice on using nicotine-containing products on general sale, including nicotine replacement therapy and nicotine-containing e-cigarettes.”
NICE said that it had updated its recommendations to reflect changes in current practice, noting the increasing number …