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Strengthening Tobacco Cessation Services in Malta
Start date: Jun 1, 2016, End date: Jun 30, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Tobacco use is the major preventable health risk factor responsible for over 500 deaths per year in Malta and a large amount of ill health from long term diseases such as cancer, heart and lung diseases. This project deals with the training of health professionals involved in the provision of smoking cessation services within the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate of the Ministry responsible for Health. The training will be undertaken at the Department of Health Promotion and Improvement of the Health Service Executive in Dublin, Ireland. Through this project, the participants will undergo a five day training visit to Dublin to gain new skills and competencies with regards to smoking cessation services for the whole population with a special focus on young people, women and pregnant women. The project will contribute to re-engineering the tobacco cessation service to improve population measures to reduce uptake of tobacco by children and young people. It will also contribute to improving quit rates in smokers and will introduce a systematic evaluation process into the tobacco cessation service. The project will ensure that the new national Tobacco Action Plan (2017-2020) will contain the most effective and scientifically sound measures available.

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