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.
The Global Network of Tobacco Free Healthcare Services General Assembly will be conducted online on Wednesday 23rd October at 10am Dublin time.
This year, 7 new board member positions will be available for voting. Member health services should receive voting information via email. Voting closes on the 16th October. For queries regarding voting, please contact email@example.com.
GOLD Process 2019/2020
This year's GOLD process starts in June 2019.
If you would like to learn more abut this process including the benefits of participation:
Held biennially, OTCC provides a unique opportunity for a 'mmetign of the minds', bringing together tobacco control researchers, advocates, policy makers and program administrators from Australia, NZ and Pacific Island nations. This year's theme is 'Making Tobacco Control a Priority'.
Tobacco: new forms of use - theme for the III Cantabrian Network Seminar
On the 6th of November, the III Seminar of the Red Cántabra de Centros Sanitarios Sin Humo (Cantabrian Network of Smokefree Healthcare Centers) took place with the slogan 'Tobacco: new forms of use'.
The event was inaugurated by the Minister of Health of the Government of Cantabria, who presided over the inaugural table together with the coordinator of the Cantabrian Network Luis Gutiérrez Bardeci. The day was developed in two monographic sessions. In the first session, specialists in prevention and tobacco control, Blanca Mª Benito and Emma del Castillo delved into heated tobacco products (HTPs) and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). In the second session, Manuel Isorna, doctor in psychology and member of the working group of the Project EVICT (Evidence cannabis-tobacco) established the keys for a better approach to tobacco consumption associated with the consumption of cannabis and alcohol in young people. The conference was attended by 60 health professionals including doctors, nurses and psychologists.
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!
'Tabac : Arrêtez comme vous voulez !' is a newly developed online course available in French and English (subtitles) which aims to educate health professionals on providing appropriate support and care for those with a smoking addiction.
Smoking remains a leading risk factor for death and disability globally
Key findings from a new study published in the Lancet examines risk factors for 84 behavioral, environmental and metabolic risks for 195 countries and territories from 1990 through 2017 - with smoking still a leading risk factor for death and healthy years lost in 2017
WHO launches new report on the global tobacco epidemic
Many governments are making progress in the fight against tobacco, with 5 billion people today living in countries that have introduced smoking bans, graphic warnings on packaging and other effective tobacco control measures - four times more people than a decade ago. But a new WHO report shows many countries are still not adequately implementing policies, including helping people quit tobacco, that can save lives from tobacco.
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.
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.