Background and Policy Context
The Tobacco Control Action Plan for Wales
One of the key themes identified in Our Healthy Future is the need to further reduce the number of people who smoke and are exposed to second-hand smoke in Wales.
What is NHS Wales doing about smoking?
Stop Smoking Wales
Stop Smoking Wales is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and is an integral part Public Health Wales NHS Trust where it forms a central element of the organisation’s Tobacco Control programme.
Stop Smoking Wales is a specialist health service that provides clinics for adult smokers who want help to give up. The service also plays a leading role in various national and local tobacco control initiatives. As such, the service plays a critical role in reducing the impact of tobacco on the health of people in Wales, and fulfils the requirements set by Designed for Life which states that every smoker who wants to quit smoking should have access to an NHS smoking cessation service within one month of referral.
Stop Smoking Wales offers clients a 6-8 week treatment programme based on the withdrawal oriented treatment model.
A Health Needs Assessment document has been created by the National Public Health Service's Health information Analysis Team to assist local health partnerships with the 2006 round of health needs assessment in preparation for their Health, Social Care and Well-being (HSCWB) Strategies. This chapter covers indicators relating to children and adults who smoke tobacco.
Fresh Start Wales aims to protect children from second hand smoke in cars. It calls on parents and other carers to pledge to keep their cars smoke free.
The first phase of advertising will feature on local radio, billboards, bus-backs and bus shelters as well as a dedicated website.
- Blaenau Gwent Local Public HealthTeam - Smoking Cessation Service
- Health Challenge Torfaen - Smoking
- Smoke Free Cardiff
For more information on other local implementation and initiatives go to Local NHS Services
Reports, Publications and Resources
- Map of Medicine - Smoking Cessation (NHS Wales requires Athens log-in)
- Map of Medicine - Smoking Cessation (NHS Choices England - patient view)
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is an independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health.
NHS Evidence provides free access to clinical and non-clinical information - local, regional, national and international. Information includes evidence, guidance and Government policy. It is primarily aimed at professionals and practitioners working in health and social care.
- NICE Guidance: Smoking
- NHS Evidence: Smoking
- Chief Medical Officer Wales - Smoking Cessation
- Smoking in Wales: Current Facts
- Health Challenge Wales - Smoking
- Young People and Smoking
- STUB Website
- ASH Website
- ASH Wales
- The smoking ban - How will your business feel the effects?