Join a global movement - facilitating action on tobacco control and prevention within healthcare services globally.
Deliver safe quality care for tobacco and nicotine dependence - for every service user, every time and everywhere.
Connect and exchange information on tobacco free healthcare service implementation
Utilise evidence-based standards with a process of self-audit to support continuous improvement.
Healthcare services worldwide play a vital role in proactively addressing the tobacco epidemic in order to protect population health. So, if your healthcare service wants to get involved, this is a great place to start…
Reviewed in 2015, these evidence-based standards address key elements known to be important in achieving outcomes for tobacco management and tobacco cessation within healthcare services. Together with a process of self-audit, they support sustained commitment and continuous improvement.
The GOLD Forum recognises healthcare services working at the highest level of implementation of tobacco control in accordance with the Global Standards. In addition to recognition, the GOLD Forum provides a learning and sharing opportunity for the exchange of good practice.
Submitted by National Coordinator of the Netherlands Network for Tobacco Free Healthcare Services - Dr Robert C. Van De Graff and co provides an opinion in response to the recently published systematic review on 'Integrating smoking cessation in Alcohol and other drug treatment settings using an organizational change intervention' by Skelton et al. Addiction (2018)
In an effort to ‘virtually eliminate’ smoking in Victoria, 24 organisations (including the Victorian Network of Smokefree Healthcare Services - VNSHS) have signed on with great enthusiasm to Target 2025 - which aims to reduce the daily smoking prevalence to 5% by 2025.
Achieving a target of 5% in 2025 would effectively mean halving the number of Victorians who currently smoke (prevalence of adults smoking daily was 13.7% in 2014-15) and a total saving of $4.0 billion in tangible costs - including over $602 million in healthcare costs!
E-cigarette vapour boosts the production of inflammatory chemicals and disables key protective cells in the lung that keep the air spaces clear of potentially harmful particles, reveals a small experimental study, published online in the journal Thorax.
New report (26 June 2018) released by the Royal College of Physicians calls for radical change for smoking cessation within the NHS system. Key recommendations include identification of smokers, delivery of smoking cessation support and training to be incorporated as a systematic and component of all NHS services.
On 28 June 2018, the World Trade Organization (WTO) released the panel report on the challenges to Australia’s tobacco plain packaging laws. The panel found in favour of Australia, dismissing the claims brought by Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Indonesia.
People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999
The Death Clock keeps a running tally of how many people have died from tobacco related diseases since 28 October 1999. That’s the date of the first meeting of the working group on the future World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)..
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.