The new approach ensures that basic advice on quitting is offered to all smokers and that offering other interventions becomes routine.
The scheme will be rolled out to practices over the next few months by trained local NHS Stop Smoking Service advisers who will support its implementation.
A DoH spokesman told GP that the approach would make it easier for GPs to help smokers during routine consultations, when time is at a premium.
'It helps practices to be more systematic in their approach to stop smoking interventions, which will allow them to maximise the potential of the current QOF points system, at the same time as giving their patients the most effective clinical advice,' he said.
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