Nicotine replacement therapy: harm reduction in smokers

01 February 2010

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products are treatments used to help people to stop smoking. 

This public assessment report discusses the benefits of expanding the use of NRT to include 'harm reduction' - where NRT can be used as a 'stepping stone' to quitting for smokers who are unable to stop abruptly, but who wish to reduce the number of cigarettes that they smoke. 

See also:

Article in the February 2010 issue of Drug Safety Update (our monthly publication for health professionals on the safety of medicines and vaccines)

MHRA webpage on the new extended indication for NRT products

MHRA webpage on 'stop smoking' treatments

Public consultation: The regulation of nicotine-containing products 

This report presents the evidence that was available when the regulatory decision was made, showing a ‘snapshot’ of the clinical landscape at the time. However, any advice in this report remains current unless it is superseded by a more recent report (where relevant, this is indicated).

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