WHO Releases Groundbreaking Guidelines for Tobacco

WHO Releases Guidelines for Tobacco Cessation

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched its first-ever clinical treatment guidelines for tobacco cessation, offering a comprehensive set of interventions to aid the over 750 million tobacco users seeking to quit.

Key Recommendations:

– Behavioural support from healthcare providers
– Digital cessation interventions
– Pharmacological treatments

These guidelines aim to bridge the significant gap in access to effective cessation services, currently lacking for 70% of tobacco users. The recommendations encompass various tobacco products, including cigarettes, waterpipes, and heated tobacco products.

Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus emphasized the significance of these guidelines in the global fight against tobacco-related diseases. Rüdiger Krech, Director of Health Promotion at WHO, highlighted the importance of combined pharmacotherapy and behavioural interventions to increase quitting success rates.