Patient Resources

Tobacco Cessation

INFORMATION FOR PEOPLE WHO SMOKE OR USE TOBACCO

Smoking causes many health problems and life-threatening diseases. The best way to help yourself and your health is to quit tobacco use. When you're ready to quit, the following agencies are ready to help you.

Please click on the link below to find information in your area. A world map will come up with countries in grey.  When you click on a region, you'll either see the area highlighted in red or blue.  Countries highlighted in red do not provide services. If you click on the countries highlighted in blue, contact information will appear.

Quitline Services World Map

If you're already working with a physician, we also recommend that you ask that person to help you identify local resources. 

Burning Desire The Seduction of Smoking - Peter Taylor
Award-winning reporter Peter Taylor investigates the state of the tobacco industry, the reasons why thousands of young people around the world are still taking up the habit and reveals the tactics used by the tobacco companies to deliver big profits. Cigarettes are the most lethal consumer product on the planet. Every year, over five million customers of the tobacco industry die. Around the world, governments have responded to the carnage by pushing up prices, banning advertising, and banning smoking in pubs, restaurants and work places. Yet despite this, the industry continues to thrive. In 2012, tobacco pulled in three quarters of a trillion dollars in retail sales. The manufacturers turned that into a 50 billion dollar profit. Taylor talks to the head of British American Tobacco, who delivers a clear admission that smoking is harmful to health, along with this pledge: "I think we are different because we are at the forefront of driving that tobacco harm reduction future and I understand that we are indeed the problem. That is no reason for us not to be part of the solution."  In making this program, Taylor was given access to the factories, research laboratories and the executives of British American Tobacco.

INFORMATION FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS

e-Cigarettes and Cancer Patients - Journal of Thoracic Oncology Article
e-Cigarettes are a rapidly growing market and there is limited infomation on the long-term impact of these devices. Many patients and the marketers of these devices often suggest the devices are an option in the efforts to get smokers to reduce and eliminate their use fo tobaaco. The IASLC Tobacco Control and Smoking Cessation committee publised a commentary in the IASLC Journal of Thoracic Oncology in the April, 2014 edition which offers a worldwide perscpective on the information available and a context for medical practitioners to communicate with their patients.

Tobacco Control Journal
The Tobacco Control Journal website has numerous research articles and news updates in the field of tobacco control. It also provides significant coverage of the health aspects of e-Cigarettes. Much of the research is open access and downloadable.

ASCO Tobacco Cessation Guide for Oncology Providers
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and IASLC share many members dedicated to reducing the use and impact of tobacco worldwide. ASCO® recently published the Tobacco Cessation Guide for Oncology Providers. The guide provides tips to practitioners on how to help their patients stop using tobacco. This guide can be accessed at:

Cancer.Net Information on Tobaccco Use
ASCO’s Cancer.Net site has information regarding tobacco use and quitting smoking including online materials and podcasts. These materials can be accessed at the site below:

American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) Tobacco Dependence Toolkit
The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) provides a free Tobacco Dependence Treatment Toolkit to assist healthcare professionals in making their patients become smoke-free.

NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines for Smoking Cessation
Written for the treatment of smokers diagnosed with cancer, the NCCN Guidelines® for Smoking Cessation recommends treatment plans that include evidence-based pharmacotherapy and behavior therapy.

INFORMATION FOR POLICYMAKERS

World Health Orginization Tobacco Fact Sheets 
The World Health Organization has current information on the global tobacco epidemic and work on tobacco control. This information can be accessed via:

Framework Convention Alliance
The Framework Convention Alliance with memebrs from government agencies and NGO's supports tobacco control initiatives around the world. It also advocates for the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and related priorities. Information on the alliance's  activities and numerous resources are available on its website.

The FCTC Conference of the Parties (COP-6) meeting in Moscow.  This meeting is focused on several topics of relevance to global tobacco control including price/tax policies, regulation of electronic cigarettes, tobacco trade policies, and other topics. COP6 Meeting resources page

International Tobacco Control Plain Packaging of Cigarettes

This video on plain packaging of cigarettes from the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project explains why standardized plain packaging in so important for tobacco control. The ITC project was set up to assess the effectiveness of tobacco control policies implemented as part of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The ITC international research team includes over 100 tobacco control researchers in 22 countries worldwide, inclusive of the IASLC Chair of the Smoking Cessation and Tobacco Control Committee, Mike Cummings.


Letter to the US FDA commissioner regarding research on electronic nicotine delivery systems.

A letter was sent on behalf of the members of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT), the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the College on Problems with Drug Dependence (CPDD) and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) to US Food and Drug commissioner Margaret Hamburg.  The letter, which can be read in its entirety, addresses the research community’s concerns with a regulatory action that is preventing vital electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) research from being conducted. 

Uruguay's Tobacco Control Strategy Delivers Results

Uruguay was one of the first countries in the America's to pass smoke-free indoor air policies . The video is a report by the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project on the short term positive impacts of this legislation and demonstrates the effectiveness of such legislation. Two of the co-authors of the report, Drs. Eduardo Bianco and Stanton Glantz, talk about the economic and public health impact of the smoke-free law in Uruguay.

 

 

Cancer Council of Victoria Australia on Plain Packaging 
With the recent success in Australia to pass laws on plain packaging of tobacco products, efforts are underway to establish similar laws in other countries. Here are resources for policymakers and advocates interested in providing support for these efforts. The Cancer Council of Victoria in Australia provides a section on its website with facts about the benefits of plain packaging in reducing cigarette consumption and its importance in reducing young people becoming users of tobacco.

Honorable Nicola Roxon "You Can Take on Big Tobacco and Win" 
IASLC was greatful for the presence of the Honorable Nicola Roxon at its World Confernece on Lung Cancer in Sydney Australia in October of 2013. The former Australian Health Minister and former Attorney-General led the effort to pass plain packaging laws in Australia and discussed the steps taken to overcome great resistance from the tobacco industry.

IASLC has been active in providing educational information to governmental officals, members of the public and press, as well as others considering new regulations or treaties which will impact the use and sale of tobacco products. These efforts include writing to ambassoors of the Transpacific Partnership Trade Agreements member countries, the President of the United States, and providing scientific information in the United Kingdom where plain packaging legislation os under consideration. Under review of the IASLC Tobacco Control and Smoking Cessation Committee and the IASLC Board of Direcotrs, IASLC is also active in supporting campaigns and activities of other organizations leading similar wfforts around the world. 

The ActionToQuit Network
ActionToQuit is a tobacco control policy program dedicated to reducing tobacco-related death, disease and cost through communication, education, and advocacy. 

 

Tobacco control in Poland - successes and challenges.
For many years, tobacco smoking was the major single avoidable cause of premature mortality in Poland. In the 1970s and 1980s, Poland was a country with an extremely high prevalence of smoking and lung cancer mortality among men in the world. By 1990, over 40% of Polish men died prematurely from smoking-attributed diseases. However, the enforcement of comprehensive tobacco-control measures and programs based on the World Health Organization recommendations and the best practices from other countries, contributed to a spectacular decrease of smoking incidence, particularly in men. This led to dramatic decrease in lung cancer incidence and mortality, and to a substantial improvement in public health in Poland. This article reviews the achievements of tobacco-control in Poland over the past decades and points out current challenges in this field.

Fundación Interamericana del Corazón - Argentina
Social organizations from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay launched "Health Is Not Negotiable. Civil Society against the Tobacco Industry's Strategies in Latin America. Case studies 2014". This report compiles cases recorded in these seven countries, portraying big tobacco's tactics to block the enactment and enforcement of tobacco control policies.

2014 IASLC Asia Pacific Lung Cancer Conference - Participants resolution on tobacco control.

U.S. Surgeon General Report 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first report of the Surgeon General on smoking and health. The scientific report provided a foundation for tobacco control in the United States. The Surgeon General's website provides the full report of the first and all susequent reports along with numerous resources for policy makers and patients.

US Surgeon General - Initiatives on Tobacco

The IASLC Tobacco Control and Smoking Cessation Committee gathered some news reports and public relations clips from the early days of the legal and public relations efforts by tobacco companies to battle legislation and public opinion following the January 11, 1964 report. The linked clip highlights some of this information and includes Surgeon General Dr. Luther Terry's original public announcement.