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Current Status of Smoking Cessation Program in Foreign Countries
Journal of the Korean Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco 2016; 7(2): 53-60
Published online July 15, 2016
© 2016 The Korean Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.

Eun Young Choi1, Hong-Jun Cho2, Jung-Ah Lee2, Jin Yong Lee3, Hye-Min Jung4, Minsu Ock1, Hyeon-Jeong Lee1, Woo-Seung Son1, Min-woo Jo1*

1Department of Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Ulsan, 2Department of Family Medicine, Asan Medical Center, College of Medicine, University of Ulsan,3Public Health Medical Services, Seoul National University Boramae Medical Center, 4Department of Health Policy and Management, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Received May 10, 2016; Revised June 15, 2016; Accepted June 18, 2016.
Smoking cessation treatment using drugs, such as bupropion and varenicline, is an effective approach for helping smokers to stop smoking. According to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, many countries have established smoking cessation treatment programs in order to support smokers both financially and non-financially. This article summarizes the current status of smoking cessation treatment program in selected countries and suggests future strategies in Korea. In the US, both social and private insurance companies have provided smoking cessation programs as preventive services without copayment, according to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The UK NHS provides pharmaceutical treatments and behavioural support for all tobacco users. In 2006, social insurance of Japan began to benefit drug treatments for smokers in outpatient clinics. Chinese Taipei also provides a clinic-based, smoking cessation service which includes both counseling and pharmaceutical treatment. In British Columbia, Canada, all smokers can join in the state's smoking cessation program which provides nicotine replacement therapy, bupropion or varenicline for 12 weeks once a year. Australia covers the benefit of nicotine patch, bupropion and varenicline for smoking cessation, according to the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme. Many developed countries have provided smoking cessation programs using bupropion and varenicline without a copayment. The National Health Insurance Service of Korea began to subsidize the counselling fee and drug cost of smoking cessation treatment in 2015. In order to develop and improve this smoking cessation program, the Korean government should benefit from the experience of other countries.
Keywords : Smoking cessation; Treatment; Insurance benefit; Current status
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