Guide: Childrens Centres and Early Year settings are smokefree

What is Brief Advice?

Smoking is still the biggest cause of preventable disease and premature death in Devon and has significant impacts on the lives of our children. Research shows that having a short conversation with a smoker about their smoking can often plant a seed for them to make a quit attempt. This can be delivered in the form of Brief Advice.

Brief Advice describes a short intervention (usually from 30 secs to 3 mins) delivered opportunistically and informally. It is known as ‘the three A’s’ which stand for ‘Ask, Advise, Act’.

Brief Advice has been used effectively to raise awareness of, and gauge, a persons willingness to engage in further discussion about a range of healthy lifestyle issues including smoking.

Brief Advice involves giving information about the most effective way to change a lifestyle behaviour and how to access it.

This Brief Advice training will enable you to use the three A’s to:

  • Recognise the importance of raising the issue of smoking
  • Have confidence to raise the subject of smoking directly with people
  • Know where and how to signpost people for effective support to stop