Addiction publishes recommendations for implementation of Article 14

The global impact of tobacco use is clear, yet only half of the Parties that adopted the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) have implemented Article 14. An editorial in Addiction, endorsed by more than 70 global leaders in tobacco cessation, outlines the perceived barriers countries may be facing in implementing this Article, and how its implementation would help tobacco cessation. Immediate actions include:

  • Conducting a national situation analysis, as recommended in the FCTC Article 14 Guidelines
  • Developing and implementing an evidence-based national cessation strategy and national cessation guidelines
  • Mandating doctors record tobacco use of all patients in all medical notes
  • Training healthcare workers to record tobacco use and give brief advice
  • Helping healthcare workers to quit tobacco use
  • Integrating brief advice to all tobacco users into the healthcare system

“Effective tobacco cessation support will help us reach the goal of reducing premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases, but countries worldwide are not adequately implementing treatment support,” said Martin Raw, lead author of the editorial. “It’s time to improve the support offered to tobacco users who want to stop.”

Martin Raw at ENSP Athens in May 2017.