Cookie policy: This site uses cookies (small files stored on your computer) to simplify and improve your experience of this website. Cookies are small text files stored on the device you are using to access this website. For more information please take a look at our terms and conditions. Some parts of the site may not work properly if you choose not to accept cookies.

Join

Subscribe or Register

Existing user? Login

Smoking cessation

UK not providing 'best practice' level smoking cessation support, says WHO report

The UK is close to completely banning tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, although it does not provide best practice level smoking cessation services, according to a World Health Organization report.

No smoking sign

Source: Shutterstock.com

The WHO report shows that the UK had a daily smoking prevalance of 17% in 2017

The UK is not among 23 countries providing smoking cessation services at the “best practice” level, according to a report from the World Health Organization (WHO).

The report, published in July 2019, on the “global tobacco epidemic” analysed national efforts to implement the most effective measures from the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) that are proven to reduce demand for tobacco.

The measures include the ‘MPOWER’ interventions, introduced in 2007 as a tool to help countries implement WHO FCTC demand reduction measures. MPOWER stands for monitoring tobacco use and prevention policies; protecting people from tobacco smoke; offering help to quit; warning people about the dangers of tobacco; enforcing bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship (TAPS); and raising taxes on tobacco.

According to the report, in 2017, the UK had an adult daily smoking prevalence of 17%, compared to the highest in the world, Kiribati at 45%, and the lowest, Ethiopia at 2%. However, many countries did not report their smoking prevalence data to the WHO.

The report highlighted that more low-income countries than high-income countries had completely banned TAPs. The UK, the report notes, is 1 of 30 countries that is one step away from completely banning TAPs; to achieve this, the country must ban industrial sponsorship, the report notes.

Only two countries, Brazil and Turkey, have adopted all MPOWER measures at the highest level.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general at the WHO, said: “Quitting tobacco is one of the best things any person can do for their own health.

“The MPOWER package gives governments the practical tools to help people kick the habit, adding years to their life and life to their years.”

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2019.20206883

Have your say

For commenting, please login or register as a user and agree to our Community Guidelines. You will be re-directed back to this page where you will have the ability to comment.

Recommended from Pharmaceutical Press

Search an extensive range of the world’s most trusted resources

Powered by MedicinesComplete
  • Print
  • Share
  • Comment
  • Save
  • Print Friendly Version of this pagePrint Get a PDF version of this webpagePDF

Jobs you might like

Newsletter Sign-up

Want to keep up with the latest news, comment and CPD articles in pharmacy and science? Subscribe to our free alerts.