It’s a new year, a time when people decide to leave behind unhealthy habits and to make positive changes in their lives. For people in England who want to quit smoking, there’s help. Smokers on the National Health Service (NHS), England’s publicly funded healthcare system, can pick up a free Quit Kit at pharmacies across the country or order one online. Developed with help from experts, smokers, and former smokers, the new and improved Quit Kit includes coupons for a free 1-week supply of nicotine patches, as well as other useful tools to help smokers kick the habit.
Tackling one of the biggest public health challenges is no easy task. The current 172 parties to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control have their work cut out for them. I’m happy to see that England has made smoking cessation a priority, and I’m curious to see how much of an impact its efforts will have on smokers. On the other hand, China has several hurdles to overcome, including choosing to promote smoking cessation when tobacco generates significant revenues for the country.
Do you think the new year rollout of the Quit Kit will make a dent among the millions of smokers in England? What smoking cessation efforts across the globe do you find interesting and innovative?
To learn more about the Quit Kit, visit the NHS Smokefree website.