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[Comment] Time to take tobacco dependence treatment seriously

During the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Tobacco Control Awards ceremony at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; March, 2015)1 an award was given to Uruguay (the first MPOWER “O” award) that recognised the importance of tobacco dependence treatment in an overall tobacco control policy. WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)2,3 requires parties to develop comprehensive tobacco dependence treatment guidelines. In 2010, the conference of the FCTC parties adopted the FCTC article 14 implementation guidelines, which stress that cessation support implemented in conjunction with other policy interventions will have a synergistic effect and maximise effects on public health.