World Health Organization produced this video for World No Tobacco Day 2011, the theme of which is a public health treaty, the "WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control". The tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people each year, of whom more than 5 million are users and ex‑users of tobacco and more than 600 000 are nonsmokers exposed to second-hand smoke. The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control is the world's answer to the tobacco epidemic. Adopted by the World Health Assembly in May 2003 and entered into force less than two years later, it now has more than 170 Parties, making it one of the most rapidly embraced treaties in the history of the United Nations. World No Tobacco Day 2011 highlights the critical importance of ensuring full implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control require signatories to develop and disseminate appropriate guidelines and take measures to promote tobacco cessation and adequate treatment for tobacco dependence. There are a number of different guidelines across the world.
Key common themes in the guidelines are:
- Increased availability and accessibility of services
- Implementation of comprehensive smoking cessation programms, combining pharmacological and non pharmacological methods
- Delivery of smoking cessation interventions through healthcare services as a cost-effective way to reduce mortality and ill-health
- Guidelines can help in clinical practice and treatment monitoring
- Documentation and monitoring is important.
Based on international experience, it is thought that the best results to reduce tobacco demand are obtained when various tobacco control measures are implemented TOGETHER. Therefore, the next step is to create an integrated approach. The aim of an integrated approach is to combine treatment with prevention and follow-up, to stop people starting to smoke, to encourage them to quit, maintain abstinence and to support quitters who relapse. As well as focusing on treatment, tobacco control should be combined with preventative measures and long-term follow-up.
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