Smoking Cessation Services

Quitting smoking is the single most important step a smoker can take to improve the length and quality of their life.Smokers can and do quit smoking. In fact, today there are more former smokers than current smokers. Stopping smoking can be tough but smokers don’t have to quit alone; among smokers who are aware of the dangers of tobacco, most want to quit.

When informed of the risks, most tobacco users want to quit, but few get help and support to overcome their dependence. Health-care systems have primary responsibility for treating tobacco dependence. Programs should include tobacco cessation advice incorporated into primary health-care services, easily accessible and free telephone help lines /quit lines, and access to low-cost medicines. All health-care workers should become advocates for tobacco control. Governments in Africa can use some tobacco tax revenues to help tobacco users free themselves from addiction.

The effects of tobacco and nicotine to produce dependence and withdrawal are identified by the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems as a disease in the category [T 65.2] ‘Toxic effect of other and unspecified substances’. Dependence on nicotine is a biological force that drives smokers to self-dose for nicotine. Such behavior is manifested in smoking more intensively or more cigarettes per day to obtain the dose that will give them satisfaction when using so called “low-yield” cigarettes. These cigarettes are promoted in Africa using terms, descriptors, trademarks or other signs that directly or indirectly create the false impression that the tobacco product is less harmful than other tobacco products.

We develop tobacco cessation materials & assist in setting up smoking cessation programs for the general public, workplaces, campuses etc. These programs play a critical role in limiting overall tobacco-related death and disease in Africa.Governments can use some tobacco tax revenues to help tobacco users free themselves from addiction.

AFRICA’S DEATH CLOCK

 

People have died from tobacco-related diseases in Africa since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.

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