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ICSH Committee Discussion and Vote

February 11, 2003: National Action Plan for Tobacco Cessation

Committee members discussed the Action Plan and comments are summarized below:

  • Include reference to support of international research efforts
  • Clinicians should be trained in cessation and prevention interventions
  • Importance of evaluating and monitoring trends
  • Recognition of the special needs of those who are uninsured
  • Importance of recognizing that "one size does not fit all"—particularly for Native American populations with high rates of tobacco use (ceremonial and otherwise) which may not have access to many of the recommendations included in the Action Plan i.e. quitline, media campaign, etc)
  • Importance of a broad-based research agenda
  • Suggestion that Surgeon General Carmona take a visible role in getting the cessation message to the public
  • The Action Plan emphasizes the importance of public-private partnerships in cessation efforts
  • Efforts to train clinicians in brief cessation interventions are important, given increasingly shorter visits between physician and patient
  • Although there is still a great need for additional cessation intervention research, it is also important that the information we do know is more effectively put into practice


The Committee unanimously agreed to take the National Action Plan for Tobacco Cessation forward to Secretary Thompson (The Committee's vote does not imply agency endorsement or approval of the recommendations).

The meeting adjourned at 3:00 p.m.

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