GNTH/HPH Declaration 2023
20st September 2023 Vienna (Austria)
On 20 September, a joint declaration was formalised between two esteemed international networks: Health Promotion Hospitals (HPH), signed by Bożena Walewska-Zielecka (Chair HPH) and the Global Network for Tobacco-Free Healthcare Services (GNTH), signed by Susann Koalick (Chair GNTH).
The GNTH/HPH Declaration addresses electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), electronic non-nicotine delivery systems (ENNDS), Heated Tobacco Products (HTPs), and nonmedical nicotine products, underscoring a significant stride toward a nicotine-free future within global healthcare settings. It emphasises the paramount importance of safeguarding patients, staff, and visitors from the deleterious impacts of nicotine in all its manifestations, including electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), electronic non-nicotine delivery systems (ENNDS), Heated Tobacco Products (HTPs), and nonmedical nicotine products.
The Global Network for Tobacco-Free Healthcare Services and the International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services urge hospitals and healthcare services across the globe to institute comprehensive measures for combatting nonmedical nicotine products, encompassing e-cigarettes, analogous devices, and nonmedical nicotine products.
This initiative is pivotal in cultivating a healthier ambience within healthcare facilities and throughout society at large.
Nicotine addiction is a grave concern with profound implications for individual health. Hospitals and healthcare services are pivotal in advancing public health and well-being by taking proactive steps to prevent tobacco use and nicotine addiction.
We encourage healthcare providers to unite with us by adopting policies that align with the Global Network for Tobacco-Free Healthcare Services recommendations and the International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services. Together, we can create a nicotine-free future and safeguard the health of generations to come.
GLOBAL NETWORK CONFERENCE & GOLD FORUM EVENT 2023
We had an incredible day on September 20th in Vienna! GNTH Hybrid Conference took place, with over 100 participants from around the world (20 countries)attending both in person and online. Throughout the day, we engaged the attendees with captivating presentations and networking sessions. We also took the opportunity to honor our GOLD candidates of the Gold Forum process 2023, hailing from Catalonia, Taiwan, Austria, and South Korea. We are thrilled by the success of the event and extend our gratitude to everyone who played a role in making it happen!
We all know that tobacco consumption is the single most preventable cause of death and disability in the world. It follows that the role of healthcare services is vital - for providing appropriate care to users of all tobacco products, for providing safe environments and for being a strong voice for action against tobacco.