Public Health England (PHE) has published Models of delivery for stop smoking services: options and evidence, which forms part of a collection of tools designed to help local decision makers support smokers to quit. This paper aims to help directors of public health and local healthcare commissioners in rapidly appraising evidence, which will enable informed decisions around the provision of local stop-smoking support. The report:

  • describes interventions to support smokers to stop and evidence of effectiveness
  • sets out the different models for delivering these interventions currently being considered by local authorities.

Although smoking rates are falling faster than at any time in the last decade, people living in deprived communities and people with mental health problems are still not receiving adequate support. To reduce inequalities in care provision and improve overall public health, local systems need to identify their priority populations and provide them with effective support involving a combination of pharmacotherapy and skilled behavioural support.