|Authors||Borland, R., Hyland, A., Cummings, K. M., & Fong, G. T.|
|Date||July 26, 2010|
|Publication Link||Nicotine & Tobacco Research Volume12, Issuesuppl 1Pp. S1-S3
|Citation||Borland, R., Hyland, A., Cummings, K. M., & Fong, G. T. (2010). One size does not fit all whenit comes to smoking cessation: Obervations from the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 12(Suppl1), S1-S3|
|Abstract||The global community, through the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), is seeking to develop Guidelines for the implementation of Article 14 of the Convention, which deals with support for smoking cessation. This development requires models of how best to develop infrastructure and measures to promote and support cessation around the world. This special issue of Nicotine & Tobacco Research provides some evidence from the International Tobacco Control (ITC) Policy Evaluation Project that is contributing to an increased understanding of the challenges associated with encouraging and supporting smoking cessation. The ITC project (of which we are all leaders) is a research collaborative of more than 80 tobacco control researchers across 20 countries of which data from 7 countries are featured in this supplement. This commentary discusses three areas where the research reported here makes a contribution: our understanding of dependence; the effects of socioeconomic factors on cessation; and the potential utility of support programs. But first, we describe the context for this research.In work that we have not yet published, comparing results across the ITC family of countries, it is apparent that there are considerable differences between countries in the level of quitting activity and the supports used. We believe that much of this variation reflects differences in the history of tobacco control efforts of the country and that some is due to policy decisions as to the form of supports to provide and/or subsidize. Such decisions are likely at least in part affected by the sorts of help smokers in the country are interested in using, which is at present a poorly understood function of cultural factors, the extent to which tobacco use is seen as both damaging and socially undesirable and their experiences of trying to quit.|
One size does not fit all when it comes to smoking cessation: Obervations from the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project.
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