Implementing Tobacco Dependence Treatment During Clinical Consultations
Problem / Background
Tobacco consumption is somewhat customary in South Africa (Omole, Ayo-Yusuf, & Ngobale, 2014). According to the most current information available in the South African Social Attitude Survey, an estimated 33% of men and 9.5% of women were cigarette smokers in 2007 (Omole, et al., 2014). The same survey reports, about 8.4% of women (predominantly black women) and 1.4% of men utilized smokeless tobacco, frequently in the form of snuff (Omole, et al., 2014). Tobacco consumption is a substantial basis of premature mortality in South Africa, representing 8% of deaths from all causes among people over the age of 30 years (Omole, et al., 2014). It presently costs the South African budget a projected 1.2 billion per year to cope with smoking-related diseases (Omole, et al., 2014).
Purpose / Objectives
In spite of the public health consequence of tobacco usage in South Africa, and the confirmation that tobacco dependence treatment (TDT) offered by a health care provider (HCP) is successful in boosting termination rates, there are no devoted tobacco cessation services accessible in the public health services in South Africa (Omole, et al., 2014). Data indicates that HCPs in South Africa do not reliably offer tobacco dependence treatment TDT during clinical…