Offering help to quit tobacco use is one of the six major MPOWER measures developed by the WHO to implement the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control at a country-level. In accordance with Article 14 (Demand reduction measures concerning tobacco dependence and cessation), The Union advocates simplifying smoking cessation, expanding it widely through tobacco-free health services and working with communities in order to reach more people.
To support country-level implementation of tobacco-free health care, The Union has developed two key resources:
- Tobacco-free Healthcare: A tobacco-free future actions guide. It focuses on policy and system development for the routine provision of advice and support to patients to quit smoking. A tobacco-free health care training package with a facilitator's guide, PowerPoint slides and a flow chart accompanies the guide.
Between 2005 and 2008, The Union also implemented a World Bank-funded project 'Comprehensive Approach to Lung Health' in Benin, China and Sudan. Smoking cessation was one of the focal points of this project.