Proceedings of the Australian Smoking Cessation Conference 2013
Journal of Smoking Cessation
The Scientific Committee was thrilled to receive so many high calibre abstracts for oral and poster presentations. We were faced with the challenge of fitting these submissions into the two day conference program, but we believe the selected abstracts in the Special Issue of The Journal of Smoking Cessation are stimulating, informative, and will provoke much discussion. The following abstracts represent a range of international presenters who will showcase research and innovations in smoking
... sation across various populations, settings, service providers and models. Examples of some of the innovative content includes using genetic information to help tailor smoking cessation methods, novel uses of currently available nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products, initiatives to foster engagement and improve access to smoking cessation supports and a review of psychological wellbeing after cessation. Importantly, many abstracts focus on helping people considered to be among the most vulnerable populations to quit smoking. These include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Maori people, refugees, people with mental health and other chronic conditions, pregnant women, adolescents, and children. Several abstracts centre on initiatives and programs tailored to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations from urban and rural/remote areas. These programs are community-led or based on meaningful engagement with communities to ensure programs are culturally appropriate. Features of these initiatives include enlisting family and support people, central involvement of Aboriginal Health Workers, motivational interviewing and integration with primary care. We received several abstracts describing smoking cessation programs targeting young people and pregnant women. Plenary and parallel sessions will address tobacco dependence in adolescence and strategies for clinicians working with these young people and parents who smoke. An overview of smoking during and after pregnancy will set the scene for an update of evidence-based behavioural support strategies and the benefit/risk profile of various pharmacotherapies for smoking cessation during pregnancy. People living with chronic conditions, including people with asthma, HIV/AIDS, or mental health issues, may face unique challenges when attempting to quit smoking. Leveraging hospitalisations to enhance smoking cessation outcomes are featured in the abstracts of this Special Issue. Case studies depicting novel use of NRT and controlling rapid weight gain in people with HIV/AIDS will pose useful examples for smoking cessation practitioners. Potential utility of smoking cessation programs in various health settings, including psychiatric, addiction treatment, and community mental health, is argued in this Issue. Also noteworthy is a talk that will clarify harm potential of Varenicline, in response to recent publications that have sparked controversy. Innovations in service models and practitioner training were prominent in abstract submissions. Trialling new models of smoking cessation services integrated with primary care and healthy lifestyle programs, including multidisciplinary approaches, and involvement of practice nurses, pharmacists, and general practitioners as smoking cessation practitioners are exciting initiatives in health services. Following the roll-out of new tobacco control policy, several abstracts reported on anti-tobacco systems changes in health settings and strategies for improvement. Finally, in light of new products entering the market, hot topics, including the ethics of engagement with and accountability of the tobacco industry, will stimulate debate and discussion. All in all, based on abstracts submitted, we have a lively and stimulating conference event. We appreciated the work that went into these abstract submissions and hope that this event will continue to stimulate research, innovative interventions and continuing professional development for this, the most important health issue of our time.