The importance of tobacco cessation in primary care

16 Jun 2021, 12:00 to 13:30
A WHO and IPCRG Webinar 16 June 13.00-14.30 CEST


The focus of the 2021 yearlong World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) campaign is quitting tobacco. WHO has called for bold and transformative steps which are needed to encourage and support tobacco users worldwide to quit tobacco use:

WHO aims for the year- long campaign to reach one billion people through strategic advocacy and communications campaigns and through establishment of a cessation network that brings together all stakeholders to implement evidence-based polices and scale up tobacco cessation services at the country level.

WHO also aims to ensure at least 100 million tobacco users are empowered with necessary knowledge and have access to tools to make a quit attempt

To reach these goals, transformative approaches are needed to overcome some of the access barriers to effective tobacco cessation services.

Agenda - all times CEST

13:00 - 13:10

Introductory remarks: RĂ¼diger Krech, Director WHO Health Promotion Department and Ioanna Tsiligianni, IPCRG

13:10 - 13:25

Primary care clinicians as role models and clinical leaders in tobacco cessation

  • Roles and actions for health professionals Speaker: Kerstin Schotte, WHO
  • Short interview with former tobacco user and his experience of tobacco cessation. Interview lead by Simone St.Claire, WHO
13:25 - 13:40

Opportunities for clinicians to improve disease outcomes by helping tobacco users quit

  • How clinicians and other health professionals can provide brief tobacco interventions as part of their treatment routines and daily practice Speaker: Katarina Stavrikj, Centre of Family Medicine, Skopje
  • Integration of tobacco cessation into care pathways. Speaker: Noel Baxter, IPCRG
13:40 - 14:00

Improving access to and use of medicines and behavioural techniques

  • WHO brief tobacco interventions and the training options that have been developed by WHO. Speaker: Dongbo Fu, WHO
  • Discussion on available medicines for tobacco dependence treatment and their inclusion on the essential medicines lists. Speaker: Ioanna Tsiligianni, IPCRG
14:00 - 14:25 Q&A moderated by Ioanna Tsiligianni, IPCRG
14:25 - 14:30

Closing remarks by RĂ¼diger Krech, WHO and Ioanna Tsiligianni, IPCRG


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