Let’s celebrate World No Tobacco Day!
This yearly campaign hosted by the WHO raises awareness on the harmful effects of tobacco use and is celebrated around the world every year on May 31st. This year’s theme is “Commit to Quit” and focuses on the measures to support the 780 million people around the world who want to quit smoking. The WHO lists 100 reasons to stop smoking:
As of 1. April, the Coordinating Center GNTH has been relocated to its new headquarters in Zürich Switzerland. The new team is being lead by Roy Hofer, who is responsible for the website, support self-audit tool and communication and Denise Casanova who is responsible for general administration and support. We thank the team from Australia. We thank Fiona and her team from Project Health who provided GNTH a great service for the past five years as well as generating a new website. Their hard work is greatly appreciated.
Welcome on board!
Two new persons have joined the board. Gill McNamara from Ireland and Marianne Hochet from France have replaced outgoing board members (Myraim Bouyahi and Aishling Sheridan)
The Global Network offered a support meeting for potential Gold Forum candidates and other interested parties to help prepare for the Gold Forum process. This interactive online event endeavoured to support understanding of the process and the requirements, with application tips and a Q&A session.
To help people learn more about the connection between tobacco use and COVID-19, the Institute for Global Tobacco Control (IGTC), at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has developed a free online course on COVID-19 and Tobacco Use.
Responding to a request from the Victorian Coroner, VNSHS has worked with Eastern Health and other stakeholders to develop guidance information for managing nicotine dependence and withdrawal in emergency care settings.
The Global Network has announced key dates for the 2021 Gold Forum process. Most importantly, nominations for participation in Gold Forum 2021 must be provided to the Coordinating Centre by Wednesday 31st March 2021.
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.