Smoking cessation services in Armenia
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American University of Armenia, Armenia
Submission date: 2016-03-30
Acceptance date: 2016-03-31
Publication date: 2016-03-31
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Arusyak Harutyunyan   

American University of Armenia, Armenia, 40 Marshal Baghramyan Ave, 0019 Yerevan, Armenia
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2016;2(April Supplement):33
Eastern Europe has the highest smoking rates in Europe, yet tobacco dependence treatments are virtually unavailable in many Eastern European countries. Smoking rate among the Armenian men is one of the highest in the European region (63%, 2010). Armenia was the first former soviet union country to accede to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) (2004); soon after that it adopted a national tobacco control law to ban smoking in healthcare, education, culture facilities and public transport. The country also banned tobacco advertising on TV and radio (2002) and on billboards (2006) and introduced larger (30%) health warnings on cigarette packs (2006). One of the areas where Armenia’s progress is less than satisfactory is the implementation of the FCTC Article 14. Current situation of smoking cessation services in Armenia will be presented based on the results of qualitative research among primary healthcare physicians and pharmaceutical market research.
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