Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

Health systems and professionals

WHO

Problem

In order to reverse the tobacco epidemic, concerted efforts will be needed from a wide range of sectors, with national health systems well-placed to take the leading role for implementing measures to prevent and treat tobacco dependence.

However, in many countries capacity for tobacco control is weak. Health systems are not set up to integrate tobacco prevention and treatment into routine patient care. Medical professional training includes, at best, only a bare minimum of time devoted to treatment of tobacco dependence, and many health professionals do not see tobacco control as part of their job. In some countries, a large number of health professionals are users of tobacco themselves.

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