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Jul 3, 2024

‘Tobacco quit’ guidelines of WHO

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The World Health Organization (WHO) released guidelines for those seeking to quit tobacco use, recommending a comprehensive set of tobacco cessation interventions, including behavioural support delivered by health-care providers, digital cessation interventions and pharmacological treatments in a first guideline on tobacco cessation.

According to WHO press release, the new guidelines are expected to benefit over 60% of the world’s 1.25 billion tobacco users that comes from more than 750 million people who wish to quit all forms of tobacco, yet 70% lack access to effective cessation services.

varenicline, Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), bupropion, and cytisine are the recommendations of WHO for all adults seeking to quit various tobacco products are relevant as effective treatments for tobacco cessation.

“This guideline marks a crucial milestone in our global battle against these dangerous products,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

WHO encourages all countries’ stakeholders to adopt and implement WHO recommendations to promote tobacco cessation and improve the health of millions of people in need worldwide with behavioural interventions, behavioural support at no or reduced cost, added the release.

Rüdiger Krech, Director of Health Promotion at WHO emphasized that the struggles people face when trying to quit smoking should not be overstated.