Considerations and Rationale for a National Action Plan to Help Canadian Tobacco Users


Paul W. McDonald


September 2003

Type of Report

Special Report


This is the first of two papers designed to provoke discussion on the creation of a national strategy to help current tobacco users. It begins with sections designed to show why a national strategy is warranted. This is followed by a brief profile of current tobacco users in Canada and a critical overview of current interventions available to help them. The paper ends with a discussion of why it is so difficult to quit and why best practices for the creation of a population-based strategy must go beyond the recommendations suggested by clinical practice guidelines for nicotine dependence.

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