Role of the Health Promotion Foundation in tobacco control and capacity building among healthcare professionals in Poland
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Health Promotion Foundation, Nadarzyn, Poland
University of Aberdeen, UK
University College London, Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health, UK
Faculty of Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK
Publish date: 2017-05-25
Submission date: 2017-04-28
Acceptance date: 2017-04-28
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2017;3(May Supplement):91
During the first summit of world tobacco control leaders in Central and Eastern Europe, held in 1990 in Kazimierz in Poland, the inadequate engagement of medical professionals in helping people to quit smoking was identified as one of the main problems of the region. The Health Promotion Foundation was established in 1992 to co-ordinate the anti-tobacco movement in Poland and to implement the resolutions of Kazimierz. The Foundation initiated actions to introduce anti-tobacco legislation in Poland passed by the Polish Parliament in 1995. It was one of the first legislative acts in the world to recommend tobacco dependence treatment. The Foundation also took active part in the preparation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, and was one of the contributing authors of Article 14. The Foundation has also engaged in competence building among healthcare providers. It has trained thousands of Polish doctors and nurses using a core, nation-wide tool: the Consensus on Diagnosis and Treatment of Tobacco Dependence. Finally, the Foundation engaged in activities to increase cessation drug availability, e.g. by conducting research, disseminating knowledge on, and promoting cytisine. Since the 1990s millions of Poles quit smoking, also thanks to the Foundation’s comprehensive activities. Further work is now focused on developing effective ways to engage greater numbers of medical doctors in the treatment of tobacco dependence and building innovative technologies supporting them and people who want to quit smoking.
Kinga Janik-Koncewicz   
Health Promotion Foundation, Nadarzyn, Poland, 51 Mszczonowska, 05-530 Nadarzyn, Poland