KHCC participates in the 2016 Global Tobacco Dependence Treatment Summit

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the majority of the world’s one billion smokers want to quit. Though tobacco dependence treatment has the greatest short-term impact on tobacco-related mortality of any intervention, it remains the least-funded and least-implemented tobacco-control measure globally.

Healthcare professionals are crucial to changing this, affirm the organizers of the Global Tobacco Dependence Treatment Summit 2016, which took place May 23-24 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The Summit brought together world public health leaders, researchers, advocates and healthcare providers to advance culturally relevant treatment of tobacco dependence around the globe and to discuss the impact of healthcare professional advocacy on tobacco control.

The Cancer Control Office at King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC) has presented a core program that aimed to expand availability of tobacco dependence treatment services in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. The program – through building training programs within Oman, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Jordan – will increase the number of trained healthcare providers who are capable of offering treatment services as well as integrating these services into their practice. The early fruits of this program are several tobacco dependence treatment clinics have been launched in the region.