Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Forward to Smoke Free Society

Today is World No Tobacco Day 2011.

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.
Lets work together for Smoke Free Society!

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