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Effective Tobacco Dependence Treatment in COPD

By Feras Hawari

Mortality from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in the developing countries is expected to rise by more than 25% over the next 10 years. Tobacco dependence treatment (TDT) is an important and needed intervention to reduce an expected surge in the burden of noncommunicable diseases in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) and tobacco dependence is a common […]

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Be a Quitter, or Help a Quitter, for the Great American Smokeout

By Thomas Glynn

It is okay, even a good thing, to be a quitter – that is the key message of the 37th annual Great American Smokeout (GASO). Thousands, perhaps even millions, of America’s 44 million smokers will do just that on November 15 – become quitters by putting their cigarettes away for that day, forever. GASO began […]

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Smoke-Free Workplace Laws Lead to Decline in Heart Attacks

By Global Bridges

A substantial decline in the incidence of myocardial infarction (MI, heart attacks) appears to be associated with smoke-free workplace laws, according to a study by Mayo Clinic researchers published in Online First by Archives of Internal Medicine, a publication of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Dr. Richard Hurt, M.D., and his colleagues at […]

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Smoking Among Nurses: Does it Matter?

By Linda Sarna

I was waiting for the questions. It wasn’t a surprise as they usually come whenever I am speaking to nurses about helping their patients quit smoking. The questions: What to do about nurses who smoke? And, “Do you have to be a former smoker to understand the challenges in quitting?” I had just finished giving […]

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High Demand Outweighs Resources for Tobacco Dependence Treatment in India

By Jagdish Kaur

India is the second largest consumer of tobacco in the world. According to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey India (GATS), in 2010 more than one third (35%) of adults (persons age 15 years and above) used tobacco in some form or another. Among the adults, 21% use only smokeless tobacco, 9 % only smoke and […]

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More Resources Needed to Decrease Tobacco Dependence Prevalence

By globalbridges

In the decade since the adoption of the FCTC, we have seen significant progress in the area of tobacco control policies that have helped decrease smoking prevalence. We have also seen increased demand in cessation support, in the form of a short intervention by a health care provider, counselling, or other treatment modality. However, medical […]

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Smoking Prevalence Drops in England

By Robert West

Smoking prevalence in England has dipped below 20 percent for the first time since World War II, according to data from the Smoking Toolkit Study. The Smoking Toolkit Study consists of monthly surveys of the adult population in England and has been running since November 2006. It shows trends in prevalence and in smoking cessation […]

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The End Game: Making New Zealand Smokefree

By Global Bridges

In 2011, the New Zealand Government responded to recommendations made by the Māori Affairs Parliamentary Select Committee in their Inquiry into the tobacco industry. The Government adopted the goal of: “reducing smoking prevalence and tobacco availability to minimal levels, thereby making New Zealand essentially a smoke-free nation by 2025.” The Government’s response also used the […]

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Smokeless Tobacco No Cure for Quitting Smoking

By J Taylor Hays

In its 2012 legislative session the Kansas House of Representatives passed a resolution (Kansas HR 6026) “requesting the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to conduct a study regarding tobacco harm reduction.” The resolution specifically directed the KDHE to recommend whether the state should incorporate the promotion of harm reduction by encouraging smokers to switch […]

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WNTD 2012: Health Fair in Jordan

By Global Bridges

Amman, Jordan – Every year, World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is celebrated around the world on May 31 as a reminder that all tobacco use is deadly. The theme for 2012 focused on the need to expose and counter the tobacco industry’s brazen and increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine tobacco control efforts and the serious […]

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