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Guide: Childrens Centres are smokefree

The Three As

A recap

Ask Identify smoking status
Advise The most effective way to stop is with personal support and medication
Act Refer to NHS Stop Smoking Service for advice and support if they are ready. If not ready, leave information with them.


Be alert to using the opportunities you have for raising the issue:

“I wonder, are you smoking at the moment?”

“I know you quit a while back – how’s that going?”

Encourage the client to talk and take the lead. You don’t need to know why or how much they smoke, so don’t get drawn into a long conversation on their reasons.


“The most successful way to stop smoking is by using personal support and stop smoking medications”

These include different kinds of nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum, lozenge, mouth spray, inhalator, tabs, strips, nasal spray) and tablets (if over 18 and not pregnant). All are available on prescription.


If they are content to stay smoking:

Leave information for them in case they change their minds at a later date.

If they are ready to stop smoking now:

If you have a referral mechanism comple the referral

Otherwise, leave Stop Smoking Service information for them and indicate a number to call.