Smoking cessation services in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: highlights and findings from the WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2019

Ahmad Al-Mulla, Norr Hassan-Yassoub, Dongbo Fu, Fatimah El-Awa, Mahmoud Ismail, Raouf Alebshehy, Charles P. Fraser

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Abstract

The report aimed to review and assess the status of tobacco cessation services in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR). Nearly 70% of people in the Region have legal access to nicotine-replacement therapy but for 77% of these people the costs of the treatment are not covered. Bupropion and Varenicline are legally available in 10 and 11 EMR countries respectively. Just under 50% of people in the Region have access to at least some cessation support in primary health care facilities. Around 32% of people have access to a national toll-free quit line. Costs for cessation services are fully covered in few EMR countries; however, cessation services in the Region must be improved. Member States should aim to increase the availability of, and financial support for, cessation treatments and support, which should be prioritized in primary health care facilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-115
Number of pages6
JournalEastern Mediterranean Health Journal
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Addiction
  • Eastern Mediterranean Region
  • Smoking cessation
  • Substance use
  • Tobacco control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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