PURPOSE: In June, 2004 Romania joined the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which recommendations are that provision of cessation support should be included in national tobacco control strategies. This study wish to examine the impact of the Romanian’s National Smoking Cessation Program on quit attempts, use of treatment and abstinence.
METHODS: Data were obtained from four regional smoking cessation centers included in the National Smoking Cessation Program (STOP FUMAT), all over Romania, between 2009 and 2010. All patients included in this program received pharmacotherapy (varenicline, bupropion and/or nicotine), medical advice and psychological counseling.
RESULTS: Comparing data from all four designated smoking cessation centers in 2009, resulted that offering provisions, especially pharmaceutical support, led to an increase of quit smoking rate and a good rate of long term abstinence - from all 3026 patients presented in 2009 more than 37% reported success on quit attempt and long-term abstinence (more than 6 months without smoking). Relating data resulted in 2010 have showed improvement of the general view, the number of quit willing smokers presented in the mentioned smoking cessation centers increased with more than 56%, as well adherence to the smoking cessation program and long-term abstinence (48% successes reported).
CONCLUSIONS: The existence of a national strategy and the regulations of the Romanian Ministry of Health in Tobacco Control, as well as offering support for quit willing smokers led to a growth of involvement and adherence to the National smoking cessation program (STOP FUMAT) in general population, resulting better response from one year to the other.
CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: Participation of a growing number of patients in the National smoking cessation program leads to a better health status in general population and a better monitoring of behavioral and physical state of former smokers, this program can be used in large masses health screening as well.
DISCLOSURE: The following authors have nothing to disclose: Paraschiva Postolache, Ingrid-Olga Merisanu, Ligia Puiu, Elena Dantes, Magdalena Ciobanu, Ovidiu Petris, Antigona Trofor, Oana Arghir, Carmen-Monica Pop
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