Offer help to quit tobacco use
Tobacco control policies create the environment in which users can successfully stop. Treatment of tobacco dependence is a key component of any comprehensive tobacco control strategy as indicated in Article 14 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). Cessation support and medication can increase the likelihood that a smoker will quit successfully.
Treatment includes various methods, but programmes should include:
- Tobacco cessation advice incorporated into primary and routine health-care services
- Easily accessible and free telephone help lines (known as quit lines)
- Access to free or low-cost cessation medicines
The guidelines for Article 14 provide detailed advice to strengthen or create a sustainable infrastructure that motivates attempts to quit, ensures wide access to support for tobacco users who wish to quit, and provides sustainable resources to ensure that such support is available. The guidelines also identify the key, effective measures needed to promote tobacco cessation and incorporate tobacco dependence treatment into national tobacco control programmes and health-care systems.