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GPs will be urged to increase prescribing of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) as part of the Government's push to cut smoking rates by two million by 2010.

NHS smoking cessation services are set to be offered on Choose and Book, with smokers able to choose appointment slots with their local service and book through their GP practice from 2006.

In 2005-6 the Healthcare Commission will assess how each PCT measures up to national standards and indicators on cutting smoking prevalence to help hit the national target.

The plans came on top of the announcement of a phased-in, partial ban on smoking in public places.

Government departments and the NHS will be smoke-free by 2006, enclosed public spaces and workplaces by 2007 and most pubs by 2008.

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