Promotion of smoking cessation in developing countries - an evidence base


Abstract:

The rapid rise in smoking in many developing countries willhave devastating consequences; by 2030 the developing worldis expected to have 7 million deaths annually from tobacco use.Many smokers express a desire to quit, but they often fail becausethey are addicted to tobacco. Although a number of cessationaids are now available in the developed world, their applicabilityand affordability in developing countries is less clear. Successfulinterventions will require many stakeholder groups to take actionat the local, national, and international levels. We discusssmoking cessation as a means of reducing disease burden, examinefactors that may limit the promotion of smoking cessation indeveloping countries, and propose a framework for public healthaction. This framework should comprise intervention with healthcareprofessionals, strengthening national commitment, developmentof a model for developing countries, changing the social acceptabilityof smoking, strengthening community participation, integrationof smoking cessation with other healthcare services, specifyingthe role of healthcare professionals, development of guidelines,mobilisation of the business community, provision of financialincentives, establishing population specific smoking cessationservices, increased collaboration between countries, and developmentof international initiatives.

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