Paul W. McDonald
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.