Smoking cessation

Towards a national smokefree law in China

Sub-national progress in implementing smokefree policy under The Union's China programme has helped increase momentum at a national level. Smoke-free public places were written into the Twelfth Five-Year Plan of China in February 2011. In late 2012, the national Ministry of Health also began planning for the development of national smoke-free legislation, which had previously been considered impossible given the government ownership of the China National Tobacco Corporation.

Establishing an electronic cessation system in China

Cessation services in China have greatly expanded thanks to The Union's work with national health services. The Union is working to establish an electronic smoking cessation system that not only prompts doctors to record patient smoking status and provide brief cessation advice, but also prints referral slips to cessation centres. This system is currently being used in 15 hospitals and covers about 4,400 patients per day. The Union is supporting expanded roll-out of the system.

The Union helps establish cessation services in China

Cessation services in China have greatly expanded thanks to The Union's partnerships with local government, health services and universities. The Union has been working with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide cessation support on a public health telephone hotline across eight cities, with a combined population of 70 million people. Under another grant from The Union, Shenyang, a city of 8 million, became the first city in China to include cessation drugs in the local health care plan in June 2011. Fifty Chinese universities have integrated tobacco control and cessation into their medical curricula following support from The Union. The Union is also working to establish a electronic smoke cessation system that can be used by all doctors nationally.

Smoking status of all public patients recorded in Russia

As a result of The Union's collaboration with Russia's Ministry of Health, the country's electronic personal medical history, which was introduced in government hospitals in 2012, includes a section covering the smoking status of patients. This is the first step towards providing brief cessation advice. The Union has also worked with four Russian Universities to integrate tobacco control and cessation into the medical curriculum.