Coalition of healthcare professionals for a tobacco and nicotine future
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German Network for Tobacco-free Healthcare Services, Germany
Swedish Nurses Against Tobacco, Sweden
Publication date: 2023-10-08
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Christa Rustler   

German Network for Tobacco-free Healthcare Services, Germany
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2023;9(Supplement 2):A80
At the European Conference on Tobacco or Health, ECToH 2020 in Berlin, there was a great interest among the session speakers and participants about the role of nurses especially in tobacco initiatives such as quit lines, cessation support in healthcare settings and taking an advocacy role in the reduction of tobacco, e-cigarette and snus use, community health promotion and cancer prevention.

The key outcome of the session was a proposal to establish a European-wide network of healthcare professionals against tobacco and nicotine products use. It was led by European Oncological Nurses Society EONS until 2022.

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In collaboration with the key members of the Coalition, a concept paper was developed in 2020 with following objectives: To support Healthcare Professionals to become smoke free and to support population approaches of tobacco control by sharing information and benchmarking best practice across Europe, that involve healthcare professionals. The Coalition presented the concept paper and objectives in a symposium at the German Conference on Tobacco Control in 2020. Coalition members from Ireland, Swedish Nurses against Tobacco, Eastern Europe Centre of Excellence in Tobacco Control (EE-COE), the National Korányi Institue of Pulmonology and from Germany presented “good practice” of national and regional experiences. In the next meeting at ECToH 2023 in Madrid, future structure and activities were discussed.

The participants confirmed the existing concept paper in Madrid 2023 and after a fruitful exchange, the future collaboration with ENSP, as interprofessional and european-wide active organization, was decided. The Coalition will hold a workshop in the European Conference on Tobacco Control ECTC 2023 to present the concept paper with future activities and practice examples from members.

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.
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