Tobacco control and cessation in Romania – a situation analysis
University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Gr.T.Popa"Iasi, Romania, Clinic of Pulmonary Diseases
European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2016;2(April Supplement):30
Publish date: 2016-03-31
Romanian expertise in tobacco control and cessation is relatively young, as it has effectively started in the early ‘90’s. Ever since, smoking prevalence in the general population has decreased from 36.1% (48% B/25%F) in 2000 to 26.7% (37.4% B/16.7% F) in 2012, but it is still high and needs further efforts from the Romanian tobacco control community. Romania has ratified FCTC in May 2003 and has signed it in June 2004. A recent achievement we are all proud of consists of the new law to ban smoking in public places, applied from March 2016, a much stronger law than the past one. However, the future challenges will be to implement and ensure respect of this new law, to avoid its future amendments which already arise at the horizon, but also to introduce new regulation about taxation, illegal cigarettes traffic and e-cigarettes brands. A good point is the national Stop Smoking program that is still running since 2007 in over 50 Romanian smoking cessation centers to almost fully reimburse costs of pharmacotherapy and counselling. The constant preoccupation for education and expertise development inside the Romanian Society of Pulmonologists, in particular through its Tobaccology section established in 2007 is another plus of the Romanian tobacco control society, as well as its numerous alliances with other national and international professionals. This was fructified in various networks that have contributed to producing national smoking cessation guidelines, to creating many partnerships in tobacco control projects and in the newly successful anti-tobacco legislation.
University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Gr.T.Popa"Iasi, Romania, Clinic of Pulmonary Diseases, 30, Dr. I. Cihac Street, 700115 Iasi, Romania